Student-teacher Relationship

When students perceive that teachers and other adults in their school care about them—as learners, and as individuals—they are more likely to feel positively engaged with school.  And, they are more likely to hold positive views of themselves and their abilities.  School staff who devote time, interest, attention, and emotional support to students are critical components of a positive school climate (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009).

The quality of student-teacher relationships is typically assessed through surveys of students and/or school staff.  Data can be collected in December and in April of each school year, to establish a baseline and to monitor ongoing trends. For year-round schools, an additional round of data collection may be needed.

If data suggest that student-teacher relationships are not good or improving, program managers may want to assess issues around program design, implementation, and quality.

By ChildTrends

Surveys / Assessments


Sources Cited

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2009). School connectedness: Strategies for increasing protective factors among youth.  Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.