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ERIC Number: ED165071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Adolescents' Perceptions of Teachers' Caring and Achievement Press Related to Sex, Track, Program, and Achievement.
Bender, David S.
A group of 3,000 7th through 12th graders were surveyed to investigate their perceptions of how much teachers cared about them and the degree to which they felt teachers urged them to achieve. Of the adolescents surveyed, 39% felt that teachers never or rarely seem to care about them. This is a crucial dimension, since teacher warmth has been shown to be relevant to achievement. The differences with respect to student characteristics were not as great as expected, considering previous research on how teacher expectations and attitudes vary. Although teachers are thought to have lower expectations for students in the lower tracks, from the students' point of view there was little difference in pressure to achieve among the various academic groupings. At the same time, it is of some concern that the lower-achieving students did not report that teachers care about them to the same degree as the better students did. (BN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (Ellenville, New York, October, 1978)