Theo Wubbels

Theo Wubbels
Utrecht University | UU · Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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January 1979 - present
Utrecht University
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  • Professor of Education

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In this study, eight Chinese student teachers' beliefs and the role of teaching experiences in their belief development were explored using qualitative approaches. Within- and cross-case content analyses indicate that, first, most student teachers held both pupil- and teacher-centred beliefs, and some of these beliefs contradicted each other. Secon...
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Positiva relationer mellan lärare och elever är av största vikt för elevers lärande (se t ex Wubbels, et al., 2016). Lärare som har positiva relationer med sina elever sägs ofta ha “varma krav”, det vill säga de visar omsorg om sina elever samtidigt som de också ställer höga krav på dem (Ross et al., 2008). Sådana lärar-elev-relationer (ett ganska...
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This vignette study examined mentor teachers’ intended direction and intensity to intervene during student teachers’ lessons in Dutch primary education and the triggers for their intervening. Based on Fenstermacher’s (1986) theory of premises leading to actions, we developed vignettes in which we manipulated trigger type, trigger severity, and stud...
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This study considers the extent to which a professional development programme for educational leaders in a research-intensive university contributes to participants’ adaptive expertise in the domain of leading educational change. We evaluated the programme by asking participants to execute an authentic task at the beginning and end of the programme...
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In line with assumptions made by the control-value theory of academic emotions, it was hypothesized that the association between the classroom social environment, in terms of students’ perceptions of their teachers’ interpersonal behaviour, and students’ academic emotions was partially mediated by students’ achievement goals. The present study appl...
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Questioning adolescents’ reported lack of interest in school, this study aims to present a more nuanced understanding than previously described of the role of school in adolescents’ interests in daily life. We scrutinized 7240 interest experiences reported by 44 adolescents using an experience sampling smartphone application inTin. Our analysis rev...
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h i g h l i g h t s Aim: what teacher behaviors constitute positive relationships in East Asia/China? Chinese teachers' interpersonal behavior was rather dominant, friendly and stable. Previous Western findings are not directly generalizable to East Asian contexts.
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When transitioning from high school to university, young people must choose a programme that fits them. We argue that prospective students who can test this fit before starting the programme, will make a better choice. We propose an integrated framework where testing person-environment fit on ability beliefs, interests and sense of belonging possib...
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Students exhibiting challenging externalizing behaviors may benefit from supportive interactions with teachers. However, if students show high levels of externalizing behaviors, this may negatively impact on student–teacher interactions, and vice versa. We therefore examined bidirectional developmental links between student–teacher interactions and...
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This study reports five Dutch expert history teachers’ approaches to multiperspectivity in lessons on three topics varying in moral sensitivity (i.e., the Dutch Revolt, Slavery, and the Holocaust) and their underlying considerations for addressing subjects’ perspectives in different temporal layers. The lessons were observed and videorecorded, and...
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h i g h l i g h t s Data were collected from 141 teachers in 14 schools for special secondary education. We tested under which conditions teachers felt emotionally drained. Student closeness moderated classroom disruptions' impact on emotional exhaustion. Teacher self-efficacy also moderated the impact of classroom disruptions. a b s t r a c t This...
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Teacher–student interpersonal relationships play an important role in education. The Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI) was designed to measure students’ interpersonal perceptions of their teachers. There are two Chinese versions of the QTI for student use, and that inherited the weaknesses of the previous English versions, such as items th...
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This study examined daily experiences of interest in and across the social contexts of family and in- and out-of-school peers. Forty-two Dutch adolescents, aged 13–15 years, provided us with 2 weeks of experience sampling data on their engagement in interesting topics and activities throughout their daily lives. Findings show that adolescent daily...
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Societies need to make sure that the next generation is ready and capable to take over in due time, be it in working life, culture, civil society, politics or families. Therefore, society at large and specifically state governments need to assist the efforts of families and local communities. Such provisions have been the basic premise for general...
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Rozhovor s profesorem Theem Wubbelsem proběhl v Brně 23. listopadu 2016 u příležitosti série jeho přednášek na Ústavu pedagogických věd Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity. Rozhovor vedli Petr Novotný a Roman Švaříček.
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This study tested effects of a program that offers teachers universal classroom management strategies, on teachers’ burnout symptoms and self-efficacy, and their teaching behaviors. Data were collected from 147 teachers (mean age = 38.4 years, SD = 10.8) in 15 special secondary education schools for students with emotional and behavioral problems,...
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Based on a review of recent studies and reports, this research investigates attrition among beginning teachers in the Netherlands as well as reasons for teacher attrition, and compares the finding with studies on this topic conducted elsewhere in the world. The findings suggest that attrition among beginning teachers in the Netherlands with a perce...
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The chapter describes five examples of dedicated faculty development trajectories for educational leadership in research-intensive universities, focusing on their nature and effects. After discussing and elaborating on the concept of ‘educational leadership’, the chapter portrays and compares professional development trajectories for educational le...
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In the Netherlands, between 1993 and 2002 the government introduced several reforms in secondary education. In one of these innovations, it was said that the student was at the centre of the teaching and learning process. Several Dutch educational researchers also advocated such approaches under the term “new learning”. In this contribution, we wil...
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In this study, we present the development and validation of an instrument for measuring teachers’ interpersonal self-efficacy: the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction-Self-Efficacy (QTI-SE). We used the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction as a basis to construct items. Current scales on teacher self-efficacy in classroom management cover interper...
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Teacher-student relationships are an important factor in effective learning environments and of specific importance in multicultural classrooms. This chapter presents some of the findings of a research programme that studied for more than 30 years teacher-student relationships. We first summarise the interpersonal perspective on the study of teachi...
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Bjorn Wansink and his co-authors have aligned their teaching of a recent and controversial historical issue – the Cold War – in the light of a contemporary incident. This article demonstrates a means of ensuring that students understand that different cultures’ views of their shared past are nuanced, rather than monolithic – a different concept in...
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The aim of this study was to examine developmental links between disobedience and teacher-child closeness in a sample of boys with psychiatric disorders (i.e., emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD)) and special educational needs who are placed in special education. More specifically, this study examined whethe...
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While the educational literature mentions several obstacles affecting the effectiveness of collaborative learning (CL), they have often been investigated through the perceptions of only one actor, either teachers or students. Therefore, some sources of obstacles that teachers and students encounter may not have been revealed. In this study, 19 teac...
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In recent decades we witnessed ongoing debates about the objectives of history education, with different underlying epistemological perspectives. This qualitative study explored prospective history teachers׳ beliefs about these objectives of history education. Prospective history teachers of six universities starting a teacher educational programme...
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Students need to be challenged to stimulate their learning. Applying challenge in practice however is not straightforward. Challenging students may conflict with other teacher responsibilities, creating potential dilemmas for teachers. This study discloses dilemmas teachers encounter when challenging students as well as the considerations accompany...
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The authors voice teachers' perceptions of their interpersonal experiences with students in both positive and problematic relationships. Interview data from 28 teachers were examined by coding utterances on teacher and student interactions. Results indicate that teachers defined the quality of the relationship mostly by the level of communion (frie...
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This paper studies the teacher perceived applicability of historical topics for interpretational history teaching and the criteria teachers use to evaluate this applicability. For this study, 15 expert history teachers in the Netherlands striving for interpretational history teaching were purposefully selected. Teachers were asked to mention histor...
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Teaching children with psychiatric disorders can be a challenging task. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the Good Behavior Game (GBG) in children with psychiatric disorders, and their teachers, in special education. Teachers were trained by licensed school consultants to implement positive behavior support strategies to elicit...
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Many teachers experience their profession as stressful, which can have a negative impact on their job satisfaction, and may result in burnout, absenteeism, and leaving the profession. The relationship with students can have both positive and negative implications for the job satisfaction of teachers, both early and later in their careers. The curre...
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Teaching interpretational history is known to be challenging for history teachers. This study aimed at understanding how student teachers develop in terms of representing history epistemologically. 13 student teachers were interviewed drawing retrospective storylines. Student teachers reported more factual and less interpretational history teaching...
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The quality of teacher–student relationships is important for teachers' well-being in schools. In this interview study we investigated which cognitions comprise secondary school teachers' self- and student schema in positive and problematic teacher–student relationships. Frequency analyses of these cognitions showed that especially student schema d...
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Uit onderzoek blijkt dat leraren in het primair onderwijs spanningen in hun professionele identiteit ervaren (Pillen, 2013; Ploeg & Scholte, 2004). Leraren voelen dan een conflict tussen wat zij persoonlijk relevant vinden (persoonlijke identiteit) en wat zij relevant vinden voor hun beroep (professionele identiteit). In dit onderzoek wordt nagegaa...
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This article describes and assesses the design and effects of one of the first academic development programmes on Leadership for Educational Change. The participants are senior academics, involved in leadership of teaching and learning. We report on an evaluation using a mixed-method approach employing a self-report questionnaire administered to fo...
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The goal of this study was to explore relations between teacher characteristics (i.e., competence and wellbeing); social classroom relationships (i.e., teacher–child and peer interactions); and children's social, emotional, and behavioral classroom adjustment. These relations were explored at both the individual and classroom levels among 414 child...
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The panel discusses in what ways the EERA has been and continues to be a participant in the construction of an international and European educational research identity, either in line with EU strategies or as an agent in opposition to EU strategies.
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In this chapter we present the design (section 4) and results (section 5) of the Dutch study on principal and teacher perceptions of teacher responsibility for school change. As a background for the results, we first present in section 2 some information about the Dutch educational system at the time of data collection, its foundation and structure...
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.This article describes the use and validation of the Pedagogical Practices Inventory, which uses student perceptions arranged into five subscales to measure teacher activities concerning the regulation of student learning in secondary education. To determine the reliability and validity of the instrument, an inventory study (N = 2128) and a study...
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This interview study, including seven case studies of mentor teachers in primary education, explores the possibilities and challenges these mentor teachers perceive when they (sequentially and simultaneously) combine the teacher and mentor roles. Mentor teachers perceive two challenges while simultaneously performing both roles in the same classroo...
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In mainstream education, positive relationships with teachers and peers have been found to positively influence children's behavioral development. However, high levels of classroom behavior problems may hinder the formation of such positive relationships. Therefore, findings from mainstream education cannot be generalized to special education. The...
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Research associations tend to be voluntary by nature and therefore unstable in character, and thus are subject to threat for their continuity. History has shown that the European Educational Research Association (EERA) is not an exception to this rule. Because EERA Council and the board members are volunteers with limited time, experience and exper...
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In this article, the authors begin to frame a discussion of the educational research space that the European Educational Research Association (EERA) has been given and aims to take. The educational space is not merely a geographical phenomenon, but rather refers to the networks, flows and scapes that form the foundation for the construction of nati...
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Although the teacher-student relationship is a well-documented phenomenon, few attempts have been made to identify its predictors. Research has mainly focused on in-service teachers, less is known about characteristics of pre-service teachers in relation to the teacher-student relationship. The purpose of this study was to identify the predictors o...
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Some researchers suggest that the way a teacher is perceived during the first encounter with a classroom group resembles, and therefore is predictive of, later classroom processes as perceived by students. This study investigated the degree to which interpersonal ratings (i.e., control and affiliation), given by secondary school students to teacher...
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Teacher–student relationships develop from real-time teacher–student interactions. These real-time interactions can be characterized by interpersonal content, structure, and complementarity. We studied how teacher–student interactions measured in terms of these characteristics differed for two teachers with distinct teacher–student relationships. A...
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A positive teacher-student relationship is important for students' motivation, students' academic achievement, and teacher well-being. How the teacher-student relationship develops in real-time has hardly been studied. In the present study we explored real-time interpersonal behavior (micro-level) for teachers with different relatively stable patte...
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In Europe, inclusion of students with special educational needs (SEN) in general education is common practice. However, mainstream education cannot provide all children with the necessary care and education. Therefore, in the Netherlands, approximately 2% of all children are placed in schools for special education (Roeters, 2012; Smeets, 2007). One...
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This concluding contribution to the theme issue sketches the history of Dutch research from an interpersonal perspective on teacher-student relationships and frames this research in dynamic social systems theory. After reviewing the other contributions the future of research on class social-emotional climate is discussed. For a better description o...
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Teacher discipline strategies are well documented when it comes to its effects on students and the working climate in the classroom. Although it is commonly acknowledged that for student teachers classroom management is a major concern, student teachers’ use of discipline strategies is largely unknown. In this paper, we examine student teachers’ be...
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Although universities aim to challenge high-ability students to develop their talents to the full, the question of how to create such challenges remains unanswered. In this study, we examined six different honors courses to discover which factors in the learning environment specifically designed for high-ability students challenged these students a...
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Internationally, very little research has been done into peer aggression and victimization in sports clubs. For this exploratory study, 98 coaches from various sports were interviewed in depth about their views on peer aggression and victimization and their ways of handling these issues. To put the coaches' views and practices in perspective, they...
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An important purpose of internships in teacher preparation programmes is to develop competence through experience. The research questions in the present study concern student teachers’ interpersonal profiles (i.e. patterns of their interpersonal behaviour as perceived by students) and the accuracy of their self-belief regarding the interpersonal re...
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This study builds on two assumptions regarding agency in teachers' workplace learning. (1) While teachers enact school reform in daily school and classroom practice, they actively redefine the reform. (2) In this learning process, in which working and learning are integrated, teachers reinterpret and reinvent the workplace conditions in their schoo...
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This study analyzed children's generalized perceptions of teacher interpersonal behavior in terms of two dimensions, control and affiliation, referring to the degree of teacher leadership/management and teacher friendliness/cooperation in the classroom, respectively. An adapted version of the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction was developed for c...
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This article presents a quasi-experimental study into the effects of a course offered to subject matter student teachers that focused on Socratic Dialogue as a way to enhance their interactional scaffolding of advanced second language learning. Within the framework of the sociocultural theory of learning and second language acquisition, the study u...
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A positive teacher-class relationship is related to teachers' job satisfaction, and a positive teacherclass relationship correlates with cognitive and affective student outcomes. However, pre-service and beginning teachers experience difficulties in creating and maintaining positive relationships and orderly classrooms. This article examines how pr...
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In this chapter, a model to understand teachers' professional identity, appraisals and behaviours in the classroom is presented and illustrated with empirical data. It is argued that the comparison between interpersonal identity standards and interpersonal appraisals of classroom situations results in two types of emotions experienced by teachers....
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This chapter reviews research on teacher-students relationships and their contribution to a positive social climate in science classes. We adopt a communicative systems approach, focusing on the relational aspect of communication and teacher-students interaction. Data- gathering methods for teacher-students relationships are presented. Research on...
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This paper explores how State Space Grids (SSG), a dynamic systems research method, can be used to map teacher-student interactions from moment-to-moment and thereby to incorporate temporal aspects of interaction. Interactions in two secondary school classrooms are described in terms of level of interpersonal control and affiliation, and of variabi...
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In this study it is investigated what student responses teachers expect in particular teacher behaviour vignettes, and whether experience and gender produce differences in expectations. Teacher behaviour vignettes were presented to teachers (N = 46), who described the student responses they anticipated. Anticipated student responses were then rated...
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