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Perceptions of Adolescents' Relationships With Teachers: A Descriptive Exploration of Select High School Communities

Voelp, Holly Edwards (2005) Perceptions of Adolescents' Relationships With Teachers: A Descriptive Exploration of Select High School Communities. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examined the perceptions of adolescents from three relatively small school districts with regard to what they have to say about their relationships with teachers within their schools. The primary research interest was to explore the way students describe their relationships with teachers in public high schools. This descriptive, qualitative study was guided by the themes of naturalistic inquiry. The primary method of obtaining information was the on-line, open-ended survey, utilized to access the perspective of each student. The raw data was down loaded and later organized into major and minor themes. The results of this study showed that sixteen year olds perceive that the relationship they have with a teacher does directly impact their academic success and overall learning. While all students surveyed perceived that a positive connection with a teacher does promote their desire to learn, there was a significant number that also took ownership for their learning. This study offers the voice of the student as a contributing factor in ways to not leave any child behind, and concludes with recommendations for: superintendents, principals and teachers.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Voelp, Holly
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWelinich, Joseph S
Date: 1 August 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 2 June 2005
Approval Date: 1 August 2005
Submission Date: 17 July 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: connections; perceptions of relationships; teacher and student relationships
Other ID:, etd-07172005-143300
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:51
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:46


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