Teacher-student contact: Exploring a basic but complicated concept

F. Korthagen, S. Attema-Noordewier, R. Zwart

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Contact is fundamental to teacher-student relationships, but empirical studies or theoretical frameworks on teacher-student contact are rare. This article describes a theoretical and empirical exploration aimed at building such a framework. In two studies using classroom observations and interviews with teachers and students, we found interesting features of teacher-student contact. We conclude that contact is a very personal experience, in which teachers' ideals and core values play a central role. Using frameworks from other fields, we were able to define teacher-student contact as a two-way interactive process, in which both participants influence each other's cognitive, emotional, motivational and behavioral responses. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-32
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

PT: J; NR: 82; TC: 1; J9: TEACH TEACH EDUC; PG: 11; GA: AE6XC; UT: WOS:000334140300003


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