Teacher Perceptions, Beliefs and Practices
In this chapter we report an analysis of teachers’ perceptions of key influences upon student motivation. The analysis is based upon detailed interviews with 108 primary and secondary school teachers in the three milieux, undertaken at the end of the 1990s (Hufton et al., 2003). We found that, although there were differences between individual teachers within each milieu, teachers across all three milieux coincided in their views about what were the key variables affecting student motivation to learn in school. What they could not be aware of was that the parameters of these variables were strongly influenced by contextualised school practices and cultural pre-suppositions and values. In what follows, we look first at points of coincidence and then at some aspects of the contexts of apparent agreement. In conclusion, we consider the status of the points of coincidence, given the contextual differences.
KeywordsEducational Performance Secondary School Teacher Natural Ability Teacher Perception Situational Interest
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