Exploring emotional climate in preservice science teacher education

Bellocchi, Alberto, Ritchie, Stephen M., Tobin, Kenneth, Sandhu, Maryam, & Sandhu, Satwant (2013) Exploring emotional climate in preservice science teacher education. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 8(3), pp. 529-552.

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Classroom emotional climates are interrelated with students’ engagement with university courses. Despite growing interest in emotions and emotional climate research, little is known about the ways in which social interactions and different subject matter mediate emotional climates in preservice science teacher education classes. In this study we investigated the emotional climate and associated classroom interactions in a preservice science teacher education class. We were interested in the ways in which salient classroom interactions were related to the emotional climate during lessons centered on debates about science-based issues (e.g., nuclear energy alternatives). Participants used audience response technology to indicate their perceptions of the emotional climate. Analysis of conversation for salient video clips and analysis of non-verbal conduct (acoustic parameters, body movements, and facial expressions) supplemented emotional climate data. One key contribution that this study makes to preservice science teacher education is to identify the micro-processes of successful and unsuccessful class interactions that were associated with positive and neutral emotional climate. The structure of these interactions can inform the practice of other science educators who wish to produce positive emotional climates in their classes. The study also extends and explicates the construct of intensity of emotional climate.

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ID Code: 59652
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Emotional Climate, Classroom Climate, Interaction Ritual Theory, Learning Environment, Sociology of Emotions, Class Debates, Socioscientific issues, Socio-scientific issues, Preservice science teacher education, Teacher Education, HERN, emotional experience, affective experience, emotional response, emotional development, emotional patterns, emotional attitudes, affective behaviour, affective measures, affective education
DOI: 10.1007/s11422-013-9526-3
ISSN: 1871-1502
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at link.springer.com
Deposited On: 06 May 2013 00:21
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2016 20:44

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