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A qualitative inquiry into teacher-student relationship from the attachment perspective

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Year of publication 2018
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description When applying an attachment perspective to teacher-student relationships, it is not clear whether a teacher can be considered an attachment figure. Researchers agree that the teacher may play the role of secure base and safe haven. However, some of them point out that this relationship is not a full-fledged attachment relationship. We aim to understand how the functions of attachment manifest themselves in the teacher-student relationship from the perspective of adolescents. The sample consists of 9 adolescents (aged 14-15 years). They participated in a study of 215 Czech adolescents (comprising four cohorts, aged 12-18 years) which explored their development of attachment hierarchy. We asked all participants whether they were close to their class teacher and whether they were willing to talk about their relationship with us. Twenty students met both these conditions and we focused on the cohort of 9th graders. In December 2017 the cohort of 9th graders (n = 72) filled questionnaires about trust in their parents, friends and class teacher. In addition, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire was administered to their class teachers. The interviews are expected to conclude in June 2018. A thematic analysis procedure will be applied as the analytical method. The findings will be completed with the results of a quantitative analysis which compared the 9 adolescents with their same-age peers in variables mentioned above.
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