Purposeful educational relationships : grade 7 students' perceptions of authentic engagement

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de Grandpré, Sylvie
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, c2010
This study explores how developing purposeful relationships with students fosters engagement. Grade seven students were surveyed, interviewed, and given the opportunity to reflect on the first seven years of their schooling. Based in Appreciative Inquiry (AI), the students took a closer look at attitudes, teaching skills and the relationship with an enjoyable teacher and added their own personal experiences to research-based examples of factors contributing to engagement. The results confirm that developing purposeful relationships contribute to raising student engagement and yield numerous examples of what students value. These examples were compiled and highlight that there is an undeniable human aspect to teaching. Building purposeful relationships does not solve all school related issues but provides students with a more positive outlook on schooling.
xiv, 168 leaves : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Students -- Attitudes , Teacher-student relationships , Appreciative inquiry , Teachers -- Attitudes , Dissertations, Academic