Interpersonal Relationships in Education

From Theory to Practice

  • David Zandvliet
  • Perry den Brok
  • Tim Mainhard
  • Jan van Tartwijk

Part of the Advances in Learning Environments Research book series (ALER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. David Zandvliet, Perry den Brok, Tim Mainhard, Jan van Tartwijk
    Pages 1-7
  3. Linda D. Breeman, Nouchka T. Tick, Theo Wubbels, Athanasios Maras, Pol A. C. Van Lier
    Pages 25-35
  4. Anneli Frelin, Jan Grannäs
    Pages 57-69
  5. Aaron King, Geoff Marietta, Hunter Gehlbach
    Pages 95-110
  6. Ridwan Maulana, Marie-Christine Opdenakker
    Pages 133-157
  7. Nienke M. Moolenaar, Alan J. Daly, Peter J. C. Sleegers, Sjoerd Karsten
    Pages 159-181
  8. Marie-Christine Opdenakker, Alexander Minnaert
    Pages 183-194
  9. Carlos G. A. Ormond, David B. Zandvliet
    Pages 195-211
  10. Heather E. Price
    Pages 213-229
  11. Lindy Wijsman, Tim Mainhard, Mieke Brekelmans
    Pages 231-249

About this book


This book brings together recent research on interpersonal relationships in education from a variety of perspectives including research from Europe, North America and Australia. The work clearly demonstrates that positive teacher-student relationships can contribute to student learning in classrooms of various types. Productive learning environments are characterized by supportive and warm interactions throughout the class: teacher-student and student-student. Similarly, at the school level, teacher learning thrives when there are positive and mentoring interrelationships among professional colleagues. Work on this book began with a series of formative presentations at the second International Conference on Interpersonal Relationships in Education (ICIRE 2012) held in Vancouver, Canada, an event that included among others, keynote addresses by David Berliner, Andrew Martin and Mieke Brekelmans. Further collaboration and peer review by the editorial team resulted in the collection of original research that this book comprises. The volume (while eclectic) demonstrates how constructive learning environment relationships can be developed and sustained in a variety of settings. Chapter contributions come from a range of fields including educational and social psychology, teacher and school effectiveness research, communication and language studies, and a variety of related fields. Together, they cover the important influence of the relationships of teachers with individual students, relationships among peers, and the relationships between teachers and their professional colleagues.


interpersonal relationships learning environments school effectiveness

Editors and affiliations

  • David Zandvliet
    • 1
  • Perry den Brok
    • 2
  • Tim Mainhard
    • 3
  • Jan van Tartwijk
    • 4
  1. 1.Simon Fraser UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Technische Universiteit EindhovenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Utrecht UniversityThe Netherlands

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