ERIC Number: ED441682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Caring Teachers: Adolescents' Perspectives.
Ferreira, Maria M.
Teachers represent a connection between students and parents. They have an enormous impact on how the philosophy of a school is translated and communicated to these two groups of constituents. Teachers are also intermediaries between the institution and the students, yet because of their sheer numbers in these institutions, they are also part of the institution. Whether students perceive their teachers as caring or non-caring has a direct impact on how students perceive the culture of the school. To further understand students' perceptions of caring, particularly in the classroom context, middle school students at two Midwestern schools were asked to describe a caring teacher. The interest was in identifying teacher attitudes and behaviors that students interpreted as caring. Results of this study indicate that most students described caring teachers in rather traditional roles related to content or pedagogy. To many students, simply helping with and explaining schoolwork were the main characteristics of caring teachers. (Contains 13 references.) (CCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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