Teachers as role models: Perceptions of key stage 3 children and teachers
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the study was to increase current and future teachers knowledge of the key characteristics and qualities associated with teacher role models. In order to achieve the overarching aim of the study, the perceptions of 22 pupils (Year 8) and 3 teachers across three secondary schools were gained to identify the most prominent attributes. This was administered through the use of focus groups when gathering data from the pupils and individual interviews when gathering data from the teachers. The research revealed that both pupils and teachers perceived similar characteristics and qualities as important to their constitution of a teacher role model but differed slightly in their reasoning. Student-teacher relationships were identified as the most prominent feature of a teacher being viewed as a role model. It was apparent that respectful and understanding teachers who interact and engage with their pupils are more likely to be viewed as teacher role models.
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