Emotional climate of a pre-service science teacher education class in Bhutan

Rinchen, Sonam, Ritchie, Stephen M., & Bellocchi, Alberto (2016) Emotional climate of a pre-service science teacher education class in Bhutan. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 11(3), pp. 603-628.

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Abstract

This study explored pre-service secondary science teachers’ perceptions of classroom emotional climate in the context of the Bhutanese macro-social policy of Gross National Happiness. Drawing upon sociological perspectives of human emotions and using Interaction Ritual Theory this study investigated how pre-service science teachers may be supported in their professional development. It was a multi-method study involving video and audio recordings of teaching episodes supported by interviews and the researcher’s diary. Students also registered their perceptions of the emotional climate of their classroom at 3-minute intervals using audience response technology. In this way, emotional events were identified for video analysis. The findings of this study highlighted that the activities pre-service teachers engaged in matter to them. Positive emotional climate was identified in activities involving students’ presentations using video clips and models, coteaching, and interactive whole class discussions. Decreases in emotional climate were identified during formal lectures and when unprepared presenters led presentations. Emotions such as frustration and disappointment characterized classes with negative emotional climate. The enabling conditions to sustain a positive emotional climate are identified. Implications for sustaining macro-social policy about Gross National Happiness are considered in light of the climate that develops in science teacher education classes.

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ID Code: 92565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: emotional climate, emotion, science education, sociology of emotion, teacher education, Gross National Happiness, Affect, Higher Education, HERN, emotional experience, affective experience, emotional response, emotional development, emotional patterns, emotional attitudes, affective behaviour, affective measures, affective education
DOI: 10.1007/s11422-014-9658-0
ISSN: 1871-1510
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11422-014-9658-0
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2016 23:43
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 16:03

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