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The Perception of Science Teachers on the Role of Student Relationships in the Classroom

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The Perception of Science Teachers on the Role of Student Relationships in the Classroom

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Title: The Perception of Science Teachers on the Role of Student Relationships in the Classroom
Author: Mattison, Cheryl
Advisor(s): Watkins, Kathryn
Committee Member(s): Mitchell, Rose
Ho, Joseph
Sheldahl, Teresa
Pence, Penny
Department: University of New Mexico. Multicultural Teacher and Childhood Education Program
Subject(s): Teacher and Student Relationships
LC Subject(s): Science teachers--United States--Attitudes
Teacher-student relationships
Academic achievement
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: With the increased accountability of educators comes the responsibility of the entire educational community to find ways in which we can help our students succeed in the classroom. In addition, it is important to discover what it takes to keep those students in school Many science teachers enter the profession unprepared to handle the regular classroom routine. Classroom management, grading, lesson planning, setting up labs, and the myriad of other obligations, can leave teachers overwhelmed and sometimes can get in the way of actually helping students be successful. This study investigated how science teachers viewed the importance of developing strong teacher/student relationships to the increase of student success in a science classroom. I attempted to answer 4 major questions:  How do science teachers in a select high school community view the role of interactive relationships in their classrooms and how that might impact their students?  How do science teachers in a select high school community believe they establish successful interactive relationships with their students? viii  What do science teachers in a select high school community believe are some of the outcomes of those relationships?  What do science teachers suggest to increase the teacher’s ability to form good relationships with their students? A qualitative research method was used including observations, interviews and group discussions of 5 high school science teachers in a small urban school.
Graduation Date: December 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17490

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