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ERIC Number: EJ878488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Middle School Students' Perceptions of Caring Teacher Behaviors: Differences by Minority Status
Tosolt, Brandelyn
Journal of Negro Education, v78 n4 p405-416 Fall 2009
In U. S. schools, which have a primarily White teaching force but an increasingly non-White student population, students and teachers may not be able to complete caring encounters based on their differing communication patterns. Therefore, it is important to understand what behaviors students view as caring so that teachers can complete caring encounters with their students. This research investigated differences in 825 sixth-grade students' perceptions of teacher caring based on student minority status. The findings of this research demonstrate that care does look different to different groups of students. Therefore, teachers must care for their students in culturally congruent ways if all students are to receive the benefits of caring teacher-student relationships. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A