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NCJ Number: 121509 Find in a Library
Title: Teacher As Significant Adult: A Review of the Literature
Journal: Adolescence  Volume:14  Issue:95  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:549-555
Author(s): J J Galbo
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Pertinent literature published between 1961 and 1986 is reviewed which describes significant influences of teachers on adolescents.
Abstract: After parents, teachers should be the most important adults in the lives of adolescents. Because students spend so much time in school, their impressions of school are formulated by their various experiences. Teachers can have a positive effect if students find them to be knowledgeable and caring. Because teachers transmit the cumulative wisdom of society, they can influence adolescents' attitudes toward the basic tenets on which society is based. Determining the role of teachers is difficult, due to lack of data, and the subjective nature of reports on the subject. For the relationship between adolescent and teacher to be primary in importance, certain qualities need to be evident: 1) the relationship has to be personal, 2) communication should be deep and extensive, and 3) students must gain a feeling of personal satisfaction. 44 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Adolescent attitudes
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward education; Educators; Role perception; Students
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