Accepted Paper:

The student-teacher relationship: "teen voices"  

Author:

Teresa Lopo

Paper short abstract:

Departing from a thematic analysis of weblogs, we would like to discuss in this paper how the adolescents perceive in these situated and personal narratives, their relationship with teachers.

Paper long abstract:

Family and school are two of the most significant contexts in which adolescents grow and develop. Within schools spaces, the peers but also the teachers play a prominent role in adolescents' lives. A significant body of research indicates that teachers not only hold a privileged position in intergenerational exchange between adults and adolescents but also that the students' involvement in school, their behaviour, motivation and academic achievement is influenced by the quality of the student-teacher relationship.

Departing from a thematic analysis of weblogs, we would like to discuss in this paper how early and middle adolescents perceive their relationship with teachers. Additionally, we would like to contrast these "teen voices" with the evidence collected from the educational literature with respect to the student-teacher relationship.

Finally, reflecting on how this relationship is shaped and what determines its quality we would also like to highlight potential lessons extract from these web-based narratives that could improve teachers' practices and foster more supportive relationships.

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School ethnographies: inside and beyond schooling