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School of Education


Education: Elementary/Middle


Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Elementary Education


The research in this qualitative study bases itself on the importance of positive teacher-student relationships in the classroom. Positive teacher-student relationships are critical in furthering students’ growth in the school. Teachers can take the place of a parental role in a student’s life, and positive relationships are essential to make a lasting impact on students. Teachers’ attitudes affect how they understand and build relationships with the students in their classroom, and factors such as closeness, conflict, and dependency affect these relationships. Five elementary education professors were interviewed to gain insight into the specific strategies and attitudes elementary educators need to use to build these positive teacher-student relationships in the classroom. Results indicated that it is essential for elementary teachers to know the students, care deeply for them, and incorporate frequent personal interactions.