ERIC Number: ED215972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Affectionate Relationships of Fifth Year Teachers and Their Secondary Students.
Gehrke, Nathalie J.
Secondary school teachers' personal relationships with students is a crucial issue. However, it is rarely the subject of research or of materials for preservice teachers, partly because of the delicacy of the subject, as well as the difficulty of the researcher's obtaining highly guarded personal information. A five-year study with 11 beginning secondary school teachers provided an opportunity to examine teachers' positive and negative feelings toward their students. During the study, it was noted that teachers were more likely to express dislike or hostility toward individual students than feelings of affection. In the fifth year of the study, teachers were asked direct questions about their feelings of attraction for certain students and about their experiences and techniques for dealing with student crushes. Teachers mentioned touching as a natural part of their interaction with students, although men teachers reduced eye contact and touching with female students to avoid suggestions of undue interest. Teachers described their own flirtatious behavior as well as their parental feelings toward students. Research into affectionate relationships between teachers and students, or affectionate research, should be accomplished through longitudinal studies by dedicated, caring researchers. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April, 1982).