This research explores student perceptions of teacher and adult caring behaviors. It seeks to determine the extent that middle school students feel cared for by teachers and other adults in school and to identify specific student perceived adult caring and non-caring behaviors. Research methods include the creation and administration of a three-question survey administered to school students (grades 7and 8) who attend an upper Midwestern middle school. Survey results are interpreted referencing attachment and self-systems theory. Research findings suggest that teachers must focus on and address both academic and personal needs to create meaningful teacher-student relationships that are perceived by students as caring.
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Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs
Graff, Jonathon William, "Middle School Student Perceptions of Teacher and Adult Caring Behaviors" (2012). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 98.
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