Teacher-student relationships in Indonesia: profiles and importance to student motivation

R. Maulana, M.C. Opdenakker, P.J. Brok, den, R. Bosker

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    Abstract

    This study was designed to investigate the distribution of interpersonal profiles based on students' and teachers' perceptions and to examine the associations between students' perceptions of teacher interpersonal behaviour and learning motivation in Indonesia. Participants were 1900 secondary school students (grades 7 to 9) across 66 (Mathematics and EFL) classes from 11 public schools in Indonesia. The results show that a variety of interpersonal profiles could be distinguished, that teachers perceive themselves more favourably than their students do, and that students' perceptions of teacher interpersonal behaviour and their learning motivation are associated. Influence and Proximity were found to be important determinants of student motivation; both dimensions are related to a more autonomous motivation, while Influence is also associated with a more controlled motivation. Contrary to the existing knowledge base, this study reveals that the relationship between teacher interpersonal behaviour and student motivation is more strongly connected to Influence than to Proximity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-49
    Number of pages17
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
    Volume31
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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