Influence of the Interplay of Habitual Affective Attributes and Classroom Learning Environments on Learners’ Situational Affective Experiences in Learning Science: The Narratives of Primary Pre-Service Teachers

  • Hongming MaEmail author


Science education researchers have found that instructional design focusing more on learners’ affective needs can be powerful in nurturing effective and exciting science learning. This paper reports a qualitative study exploring how learners’ situational affective experiences are influenced by the interplay of their habitual affective attributes and classroom learning environment. The research method adopted was semi-structured in-depth interview. The study is descriptive and retrospective in nature. Nine pre-service teachers who were taking a science method course at an Australian university took part in the study voluntarily. Each interview lasted about 1 h. Six types of interplay were identified: Self-sustained, Beyond expectation, Resonant, Adversely Overpowered, Below expectation and Irresponsive. Implications for science teaching and science teacher education are discussed in terms of the identified types of interplay.


Classroom learning environments Habitual affective attributes Science learning Situational affective experiences 


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  1. 1.School of EducationFederation University Australia, Gippsland CampusChurchillAustralia

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