Teacher-student relationships

Keddie, Amanda and Churchill, Rick (2005) Teacher-student relationships. In: Teaching middle years: rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, pp. 211-225. ISBN 1741146739

Abstract

Mutually respectful student-teacher relationships are central to improving educational experiences in the middle years. As much research continues to confirm, teachers relating well to their students remains one of the most significant factors in generating positive academic and social outcomes. Developing these sorts of relationships, however, necessarily involves problematising the traditional power inequities that exist between teachers and students. This chapter explores this premise and identifies ways that teacher practice, through a tendency to be mobilised around relations of domination and control, can constrain learning outcomes by suppressing students' sense of legitimacy and agency. Drawing on data and findings from two Australian studies, we bring these issues to life through detailing students' concerns about their relationships with their teachers. Given '[the first imperative of some teachers when teaching boys appears to be 'controlling' rather than teaching them' (Lingard et al. 2002, p. 4), our focus in this chapter is on boys' experiences of schooling in the Middle Years. We do not wish to silence or marginalise girls' experiences, but the boys' voices featured here are most useful in making visible the constitutive nature of authoritative and coercive school and classroom relations (Davies 2000). As an issue of power and control, we explore these relations within the context of boys' investments in dominant constructions of masculinity. Drawing on the dimension of Supportive Classroom Environment, within the Productive Pedagogies framework (The State of Queensland 2001), the chapter concludes with a discussion of a number of ways in which schools might take these issues forward to establish more genuinely equitable and positive student-teacher relationships.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. Print copy held in the USQ Library at call no. 373.236 Pen.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher-student relationships; student-teacher relationships; middle years; boys
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/597

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