APPLICATION OF A QUESTIONNAIRE TO DESCRIBE TEACHER COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOUR AND ITS ASSOCIATION WITH STUDENTS IN SCIENCE IN TURKEY

TitleAPPLICATION OF A QUESTIONNAIRE TO DESCRIBE TEACHER COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOUR AND ITS ASSOCIATION WITH STUDENTS IN SCIENCE IN TURKEY
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsÖzay, E, Kaya, E, Sezek, F
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume3
Issue2
Start Page15-21
Date PublishedMarch/2003
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordssex differences, students’ perceptions, subject differences, teacher communication
Abstract

Teachers contribute enormously to a positive social climate at science classes, particularly through their communication with students. In the study described in this article, a questionnaire (The Teacher Communication Behaviour Questionnaire (TCBQ)) developed by She and Fisher (2000) was applied. TCBQ can be used to assess students' perceptions of science teachers' interpersonal communication behaviours in their classroom learning environments. TCBQ has five scales: Challenging, Encouragement and Praise, Non-Verbal Support, Understanding and Friendly, and Controlling. The TCBQ was applied with a large sample of secondary science students in Turkey. Girls perceived their teachers as more understanding and friendly, encouragement and praise than did boys, and teachers in biological and chemistry science classrooms exhibited more favourable behaviour toward their students than did those in physical science classrooms.
This study can suggest some implications for practice, personnel development, and research. TCBQ can be applied for observing teachers and classifying them. Also, this questionnaire provides training in sensitivity to average and controlling teachers and less redirective and more elaborative to increase the overall quality of the classroom environment and to increase the percentage of student engaged. Teachers can use this supplement to promote an atmosphere of positive interaction in their science classrooms and improve student learning.

Refereed DesignationRefereed