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Impact of Student Teacher Relationship on Academic Performance of Students

Impact of Student Teacher Relationship on Academic Performance of Students

Chapter I: Introduction

The present research was conducted to investigate the role or impact of student teacher relationship on academic performance of students. A sizable literature and some other scholarly article suggest that if teachers take the time to build relationships they can motivate their students to learn. Further research also suggests that teachers need to have a strong belief that building relationships are important to the motivation process. There is a need to capitalize on these beliefs for the student’s benefit. It is important that educators recognize the impact they have on their students, and consider strongly their student’s perceptions of them (Eschenmann, 2004). Teachers have to ensure that they are meeting student needs, both academically and emotionally. Creating classroom environments that promote positive cultures with healthy interactions can motivate students to learn more. (Whitaker, 2005)

1.1 Student Teacher Relationship (STR)

            One of the most pure and deeply inspirational relationships is that of a devoted teacher and willing students. Almost everyone has a favorite and those we liked less, it totally depends on how the student teacher relationship were developed, nurtured and given space to evolve.

(Kim Lee, 2016)

Aligned with the attachment theory positive STR enables the students to feel secure and safe in their learning environment and provide scaffolding for social and academic skills. Teachers who support students in learning environment can positively impact their academic outcomes which are important for long term trajectory of academic achievement and eventually employment. (Baker.et al 2008)

Researcher who have investigated STR for older students have found that positive STR are associated with positive academic and social outcomes for high school students (Cataldi & Kewall Ramani,2009)

1.2 Role of Teacher in Classroom

According to Whitaker (2005), the main variable in the classroom is not the student, but the teacher. Great teachers have high expectations for their students, but even higher expectations for themselves. These teachers recognize the importance of connecting with their students, that if they are unable to connect with them emotionally then influencing their minds may be impossible.

“Good teachers put snags in the river of children passing by, and over time, they redirect hundreds of lives… There is an innocence that conspires to hold humanity together …” (Bolman & Deal, 2005, p. 124).

Whitaker (2005) suggests that teachers are the first and perhaps most important point of contact in a student’s life. Despite the countless reforms, educational movements, and programs implemented to improve education, no other element can be as profound as the human element. He urges, “It’s the people, not the programs” (Whitaker, 2005)

“A fundamental question for a student is ‘Does my teacher like me?’ Given a rigorous, aligned curriculum, the answer to that simple question is our best predictor of student achievement” (Terry, 2008).

Lavoie’s (2007) book: “The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 secrets to turning on the tuned-out child” he told the story of an inflexible teacher arguing the need for passive instruction and in passive learning. The teacher contended that his job was to provide his students with information and their job was to absorb that information. He continued his passiveness by arguing those who did not want to learn could sit in the back and sleep. The teacher’s final comment “… that is not my problem…I’m a teacher not his cheerleader” suggests that there are teachers who still have a misunderstanding of their roles in the classroom (Whitaker, 2005)

1.3 Role of both Student and Teacher

Teacher knowledge and efficacy of student motivation and achievement are crucial components to creating relationships that motivate. Both teachers and students have to value their contribution. A student has to feel worthwhile and appreciated. A teacher needs to recognize that he or she can have a positive effect on their students. Wise man and Hunt (2005) refer to this as “teacher efficacy” and note that the more the teacher believes in this, the more they will cause it to happen.

1.4 Psychological Effects of Student Teacher Relationship on Students

Students are influenced by perceptions of their teacher’s even handedness, competence, caring and support as well as the nature of the teacher-student relationship that results (Stipek, 2005). A student wants to feel connected to people and to feel as though he or she deserves to be loved and respected (Stipek, 2005). According to Stipek many of the students who are not doing well academically, are the same ones who have a poor relationship with their teachers. Typically, the more they fall behind academically, often, the more this relationship is weakened. If they are constantly remains back in class, the environment and the teacher-student relationship (STR) begin to hold negative associations. Students who perceived a more nurturing relationship with their teachers tended to have better attitudes towards academics and often did better than their peers who lacked the same support system.

Some other researches supported the idea that a good teacher-student relationship positively influenced learning. The more connected a child feels, the more they are willing to attempt tasks and to seek help when necessary. The student who feels this sense of connectedness may want to maintain it or please the teacher by doing well in class.

1.5 Role of Teacher’s Expectations

Positive teacher expectations were associated with high academic performance or academic gains, whereas negative teacher expectations resulted in decrease in academic performance. The significance of knowing teacher’s beliefs regarding their roles in student motivation is crucial due to the accepted correlation between this perception and actions.

( Tyler and Boelter, 2008)

“The quality of teacher–student relationships is the keystone for all other aspects of classroom management” (Marzano & Marzano, 2008,).

1.6 Environmental Influence

Reinforcement theorists argue that motivation is in the environment, not in the person such as the teacher (Stipek, 2005). However, it is the teacher who plays the greatest role in setting the atmosphere (Whitaker, 2005). Whitaker (2005) argues that it is better to create the relationship that will motivate the student to behave well. School climate and culture will enable or restrict classroom instruction and student learning (Stewart, 2008), since students adapt to their environment. If educators create a culture where students are expected to succeed, many often conform. Researchers van der Westhuizen, Mosoge, Swanepoel, and Coetsee, (2005) suggest that an effective organizational culture can enhance academic achievement and lead to reduced student drop out and failure rates, effective discipline, and regular attendance.

1.7 Three Facets of School Climate

Stewart (2008) identifies three facets of school climate these are school culture, school organizational structure and the school social structure. The school’s culture influences student’s connectedness to their environment which research suggests affects academic achievement. The second element is school organizational structure, which Stewart uses to describe school and class size, both found to lead to positive behavioral and scholastic achievement. The third element Stewart explored was the schools social structure, which includes characteristics such as staff and student ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, teacher skill and preparation.

1.8 Variables Affecting Student Teacher Relationship and Academic Achievement

            Motivational theorist suggests that student’s perception of their relationship with their teacher is essential in motivating students to perform well. (Fan & Williams, 2010).Students with high self-esteem are more likely to be self-efficacious and set higher goals .Self-esteem also effects student socially. (Orth, Robin &Widaman, 2012). Students with the high self-esteem are more likely to have positive relationship with peers as well as adults.(Orth et al,2012).

Academic success depends on a variety of factors and these factors can have both positive and/or negative influence on a child’s ability to stay motivated and succeed in school. For children living in high-poverty, urban environments, there are increased challenges when it comes to succeeding in school (Murray & Malmgren, 2005)

1.9 Theoretical Framework

Theoretical framework related to STR is explained with the help of attachment theory given by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth.

1.9.1 Attachment Theory

            According to Bowlby and Ainsworth “The ability for an individual to form an emotional attachment to another person gives a sense of stability and security necessary to take risk, branch out and grow to develop a personality.

This theory states that a strong emotional attachment to at least one caregiver is critical to personal development. John bowlby was first to coined the term as a result of his studies involving the developmental psychology.(Phillip Riley & Routledge,2010)

This theory reflects the STR as follow;

Effect of teacher’s attachment style in the formation and maintenance of classroom and staffroom relationship and the degree of influence these factors have on teacher’s classroom behavior, particularly management of student behavior. The more the attachment of a teacher will be with their student the better will be the student teacher relationship. Similarly, the more will student achieve academically.

1.9.2 Model for attachment theory

Impact of Student Teacher Relationship on Academic Performance of Students

This model suggest that if an individual (students) have positive interaction with others say as teachers they will have secure relationship. If other person (teacher) have positive but student have negative interaction then relationship will be preoccupied. Similarly if negative interaction will be from teacher’s side and positive from student’s side relationship will be dismissing. Most severe of this is when negative interaction is from both sides than relationship will be fearful. In such a situation the student will not be able to achieve more in their academic life.

1.10 Literature Review

In this section, the literature pertaining to the student-teacher relationships and variables that appear to contribute to the development or deterioration of the student-teacher relationship will be reviewed, including student behavior, teacher behavior, and the interaction between students and teachers. The review begins with framework for understanding student teacher relationships, and how it can be applied to develop better student-teacher relationships. Finally evidence concerning the stability of student-teacher relationships over time will be presented and discussed.

One study examines the ways in which teacher qualifications and other school inputs are related to student achievement across states. The findings of both the qualitative and quantitative analyses suggest that the investments in the quality of teachers may be related to improvements in student performance. Quantitative analyses indicate that measures of teacher preparation and certification are by far the strongest correlates of student achievement in reading and learning, both before and after controlling for student poverty and language status. State policy surveys and case study data are used to evaluate policies that influence the overall level of teacher qualifications within and across states. This analysis suggests that policies adopted by states regarding teacher education, licensing, hiring, and professional development may make an important difference in the qualifications and capacities that teachers bring to their work.

The quality of student-teacher relationships plays an important role in a student’s educational experiences. Empirically, students who possess positive relationships with their teachers have an increased likelihood of positive attitudes as well as positive academic “outcomes” such as higher grades. Students with conflicted student-teacher relationships are at increased risk for academic problems such as poor grades and repeating a grade. It is therefore important to consider not only what the student brings into the classroom, but also what kind of relationship evolves in order to minimize factors contributing to lower student-teacher quality.  This study uses an attachment theory perspective to look at student teacher quality. It was a longitudinal research. Cluster analysis was used to describe results from Year 2.  Three clusters emerged regarding student-teacher relationship quality positive, average, and high conflict/low closeness relationships. Results were only descriptive in nature and need to be individualized factors that may have shaped student-teacher relationship quality (e.g. student disruptive behaviors, teacher emphasis on control in the classroom, and “goodness of fit” between student and teacher interactions) in one case are not of equal importance in another one. Findings were discussed in terms of their implications for the empirical use of teacher-reported STR construct as well as their implications for the future research and training. (Tracy N. Hoge, 2007)

Another article reviews the extant research on the relationship between students and teachers in higher education across three main areas the quality of this relationship, its consequences and its antecedents. In this article, the focus was on the higher education or university context, and on one particularly significant relationship within that setting the student teacher relationship (STR). The significance of the interpersonal relationship between students and teachers for students’ successful school adjustment has been widely recognized in research addressing kindergarten, primary and secondary education. (Bernstein-Yamashiro, B., & Noam. G. G., 2013).

The overall aim of this paper was to provide an overview of research relating to STR in higher education. STR has emerged as an important construct in educational research within school and pre-school settings, but remains largely neglected in higher-education research. This review has shown that STR should be regarded as a relevant construct in higher education as well as it clearly affects students’ successful study progress, including factors such as course satisfaction, retention, learning approaches and achievement. It has also revealed that the empirical basis is less clear and comprehensive in terms of the consequences of STR for university teachers. However, it is likely that STR also affects university teachers, for example through their adoption of particular teaching practices, which in turn affects teaching quality. It was conclude that STR should be regarded as a relevant research agenda for higher education. (Hangenaver & Volet, 2014).

1.11 Summary

            In summation, by taking into some articles it is summarized that positive student teacher relationship is crucial to students success while opposite in the case of conflicting relationship. Many studies have quantitatively pointed towards the importance of the student-teacher relationship, yet others have qualitatively described important elements or factors of the STR. Now as a researcher my goal is to attempt to connect the dots between both types of research. This goal includes exploring the dynamics of the STR through the eyes of students into very different institutes that individually serve poverty or affluent populations. The hopes was to learn from both ends of the spectrum and to provide teachers, administrators, and teacher education departments with some tangible targets for better establishing and cultivating STR with students

1.12 Rationale of the Study

A healthy and strong STR promotes and plays a significant role in improving the student’s academic achievement as well as motivation. Moreover, the psychological well being of the student is closely related to the STR that further has an impact on the character and personality building of the student. This study will provide us to investigate the importance of STR on grades or academic achievement of students. So, we as a student will be able to apply these findings on our own relationships with teacher in order to get success academically.

 1.13 Aims and Objective

The aim of this research is to find out the influence of STR on the academic achievement of University students and to know that how students perform because of healthy or unhealthy relationship among them and their teachers.

1.14 Research Question

            How does the STR have an effect on student’s academic achievement?

1.15 Hypotheses

There is likely to be a relationship between STR and academic performance of University students.

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