Interventions to Promote Positive Teacher–Student Relationships and Interactions

Authored by: Christopher A. Hafen , Joseph P. Allen

Handbook of Social Influences in School Contexts

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138781375
eBook ISBN: 9781315769929
Adobe ISBN: 9781317670872


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This chapter is structured around the tenet that the single best way to enact social change in the school context is to focus on the interactions students have with their teachers. These interactions are the core of the student experience from kindergarten classrooms to high school classrooms; however, they are not often given center stage in teacher training and professional development programs. This is a missed opportunity for the educational system because there is strong evidence that a focus on improving teacher–student relationships and interactions is a tangible target for interventions aimed at improving student outcomes.

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