The classroom competence and attitudes towards pedagogical principles of beginning teachers


School of Education, University of Exeter, St Luke's, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU, UK.


The relationship between preservice education students' (N=135) attitudes towards general pedagogical principles and the quality of their classroom teaching was investigated. A weak negative relationship was obtained between students' attitudes and the assessment category ‘relationships with children’. This suggests that fostering positive attitudes in preservice students towards general pedagogical principles, based on practices in themselves directly associated with enhancing pupil achievement, may result in lower quality teaching because of an adverse effect this has on pupil-teacher relationships.