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Teacher trust in students and the organizational school context : the role of student culture and teachability perceptions

Dimitri Van Maele (UGent) and Mieke Van Houtte (UGent)
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In exploring the quality of schools’ social system, this study provides insight into in which types of schools students may encounter barriers in developing supportive teacher-student relationships because of teachers exposing low levels of trust in students. Student culture and teachability perceptions are assessed as incentives for teachers’ perceptions of students’ trustworthiness. Information was gathered from 2,104 teachers across a representative sample of 84 secondary schools in Flanders (Belgium). Multilevel analyses reveal that teacher perceptions of students’ teachability strongly predict teacher trust. This underscores the importance of teacher perceptions of students’ ability to meet the expectations imposed on them with regard to the formation of trust. Additionally, we show that teacher trust is affected by the organizational school context, although the study orientation of the student culture plays no role.
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Teacher, School Culture, Teacher expectations, Trust, Students

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Van Maele, Dimitri, and Mieke Van Houtte. 2014. “Teacher Trust in Students and the Organizational School Context : the Role of Student Culture and Teachability Perceptions.” In Trust and School Life : the Role of Trust for Learning, Teaching, Leading, and Bridging, ed. Dimitri Van Maele, Patrick B. Forsyth, and Mieke Van Houtte, 171–188. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media.
APA
Van Maele, D., & Van Houtte, M. (2014). Teacher trust in students and the organizational school context : the role of student culture and teachability perceptions. In D. Van Maele, P. B. Forsyth, & M. Van Houtte (Eds.), Trust and school life : the role of trust for learning, teaching, leading, and bridging (pp. 171–188). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media.
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Van Maele D, Van Houtte M. Teacher trust in students and the organizational school context : the role of student culture and teachability perceptions. In: Van Maele D, Forsyth PB, Van Houtte M, editors. Trust and school life : the role of trust for learning, teaching, leading, and bridging. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media; 2014. p. 171–88.
MLA
Van Maele, Dimitri, and Mieke Van Houtte. “Teacher Trust in Students and the Organizational School Context : the Role of Student Culture and Teachability Perceptions.” Trust and School Life : the Role of Trust for Learning, Teaching, Leading, and Bridging. Ed. Dimitri Van Maele, Patrick B. Forsyth, & Mieke Van Houtte. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer Science+Business Media, 2014. 171–188. Print.
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  abstract     = {In exploring the quality of schools’ social system, this study provides insight into in which types of schools students may encounter barriers in developing supportive teacher-student relationships because of teachers exposing low levels of trust in students. Student culture and teachability perceptions are assessed as incentives for teachers’ perceptions of students’ trustworthiness. Information was gathered from 2,104 teachers across a representative sample of 84 secondary schools in Flanders (Belgium). Multilevel analyses reveal that teacher perceptions of students’ teachability strongly predict teacher trust. This underscores the importance of teacher perceptions of students’ ability to meet the expectations imposed on them with regard to the formation of trust. Additionally, we show that teacher trust is affected by the organizational school context, although the study orientation of the student culture plays no role.},
  author       = {Van Maele, Dimitri and Van Houtte, Mieke},
  booktitle    = {Trust and school life : the role of trust for learning, teaching, leading, and bridging},
  editor       = {Van Maele, Dimitri and Forsyth, Patrick B. and Van Houtte, Mieke},
  isbn         = {9789401780131},
  keywords     = {Teacher,School Culture,Teacher expectations,Trust,Students},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {171--188},
  publisher    = {Springer Science+Business Media},
  title        = {Teacher trust in students and the organizational school context : the role of student culture and teachability perceptions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8014-8_8},
  year         = {2014},
}

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