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Report # 2 (Research)
TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP: STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN OBIO/AKPOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF RIVERS STATE BY ECHIBE ALEXANDER OBINNA
The purpose of this study was to investigate the strategies for improving teacher-student relationship in secondary schools in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. Three research questions guided this study. The population for this study consisted of five hundred teachers (500) in ten (10) public secondary schools in the area. A sample of two hundred and fifty (250) teachers that consisted of male and female, experienced and less experienced teachers was used from the population with the stratified sampling technique.
A 20 item modified four (4) point likert instrument (questionnaire) was used to collect data. It was developed by the researcher and given to his supervisor for corrections and approval. Corrections were made where necessary to ensure face and content validity.
Test re-test method was used to test the reliability using Pearson product moment correlation coefficient (PPMCC) to be 0.93. The data collected was analyzed through the use of mean and rank order statistics to answer the three (3) research questions. Some of the major findings made were to focus on successes of all the students which will help improve teacher-student relationship; to accept individual differences and value students’ diversity is another strategy that the teacher should consider.
The researcher therefore recommended that the teachers and school administrators should keep line of communication open so as to get proper and needful feedback from parents about their children; the teachers should let enthusiasm for teaching shine through as only it can build their intrinsic interest to help foster learning amongst students. Also government should communicate positive expectations to school and its teachers, so that teachers can also communicate positive expectations to their students.
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