Teacher-student relationship in graduate education
What is it about?
Despite its significance, there is not enough research on the teacher-student relationship in higher education. Thus, we intensively interviewed twenty teacher educators (individually) and twenty-five graduate students in Educational Sciences (in groups) to create a theory on how the teacher-student relationship in graduate education develops and gradually evolves.
Why is it important?
Our findings show that, despite the teachers’ hierarchical superiority, the teacher-student relationship in graduate education is a complex dynamic process based on reciprocating: A mutual want to relate is needed. The teacher and the student mutually develop the characteristics of a meaningful relationship. They mutually overcome the relationship's obstacles while maintaining appropriate boundaries. Finally, they mutually experience the positive outcomes stemming from their relationship.
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