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An exploration of the role of gratitude in enhancing teacher-student relationships


Howells, K, An exploration of the role of gratitude in enhancing teacher-student relationships, Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 42, (August) pp. 58-67. ISSN 0742-051X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tate.2014.04.004


Flourishing relationships are at the core of teachers’ work and effective pedagogy. This paper presents an exploratory case study of 59 secondary schoolteachers to investigate the role that gratitude may have in enhancing teacherestudent relationships. Although the potential of gratitude has been gaining international attention in the areas of positive and social psychology, there have only been a few studies on the effect of teachers’ gratitude. The paper presents a conceptual framework that postulates the meaning and significance of gratitude in this context and then describes a qualitative case study. Results indicate that gratitude impacted positively on the teachers, classroom and school environment.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Teacher relationships, learning environment, positive psychology, gratitude
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Howells, K (Dr Kerry Howells)
ID Code:92840
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-06-27
Last Modified:2018-04-05
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