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ERIC Number: ED453025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Rural Special Education Teachers as Caregivers: Voices of Students and Teachers.
Luna, Gaye; Medina, Catherine
A qualitative study explored teacher-student relationships in classrooms for adolescents identified as emotionally disturbed or behaviorally disordered. These children are often the most difficult students to teach, but teachers who communicate caring can be powerful resources for children who feel frustrated, helpless, and angry. Previous research suggests that teachers who are successful in working with socioemotionally impaired students have the underlying attribute of caring deeply about their students, employ a child-centered approach to teaching, and display empathy in seeking to understand their students' worlds. In-depth phenomenological interviewing procedures were used to explore teacher-student relationships for five rural Mexican American students in programs for emotional/behavioral disabilities and their teachers. Three interviews each with the five students (ages 12-18) and four of their teachers focused on subjects' perceptions of their experiences in special education. The teachers verbalized a desire to connect with their students on a personal level, felt that developing a healthy relationship with their students was part of their teacher role, and saw these personal connections as necessary for a student's positive transformation in the school community. All students spoke about examples of teacher caregiving qualities that were important to them; their narratives suggested the need for a teacher-student relationship based on empathy and unconditional positive regard. (Contains 18 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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