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Teenage studentsí perceptions of teachers: A developmental argument


F, J and Swabey, KJ and Pullen, DL and Getenet, ST and Dowden, RA, Teenage students' perceptions of teachers: A developmental argument, The Australian Journal of Teacher Education (Online), 43, (2) pp. 26-38. ISSN 1835-517X (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.14221/ajte.2018v43n2.2


Using the concept of a developmental lens (Brighton, 2007; Caskey & Anfara, 2014; Davis, 2006; J-F, Pullen, & Carroll, 2013; National Middle School Association, 2010; Peterson, 2010), this article focuses on young teenage studentsí perceptions of teachers. School teachers play an important role in the educational development of teenagers but little is known about how teachers cater for teenage studentsí social, emotional, physical and cognitive developmental domains. Even less is known about teenage studentsí perceptions of their teachers. The current study asked a cohort of Year 9 students in a secondary school in Brisbane, Australia (N=182) to comment on what they "liked" about their teachers. The studentsí responses were mapped against each of the four developmental domains. Analysis of the data showed that studentsí emotional and social domains were more salient than their physical and cognitive domains. Specifically, the young teenage students reported liking their teachers when the teachersí were emotionally positive and socially accommodating. The findings of this paper are discussed via a developmental lens with regard to the implications for teacher education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teenagers, school, teachers, developmental domains
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in education
UTAS Author:F, J (Dr J F)
UTAS Author:Swabey, KJ (Professor Karen Swabey)
UTAS Author:Pullen, DL (Dr Darren Pullen)
ID Code:121836
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-17
Last Modified:2019-08-27
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