Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Educational Leadership and Policies
This present study considers to what extent dialogue between teachers and students can support a caring environment. Research investigating behavior and qualities of effective teaching has been liked with caring relationships (Anfara & Schmid, 2007; Marzano, 2007; Noddings, 2005). "Relationships and instruction are not an either-or-proposition, but rather an incredible combination." (Brown, 2010, p. 10) The present study will examine to what extent dialogue, as one of the components of a proposed model of caring, can build a caring environment in seventh grade classrooms at a local middle school (Noddings, 2005, p.53). Specifically, dialogue skills such as intonation, empathy, respect, and listening will be explored through classroom observations, as well as interviews and surveys with students and teachers. Results suggest that the elements of dialogue skills between teachers and students support a caring environment.
McSwain, C. P.(2013). Care As the Essential Element in Teacher and Student Interactions: Examining Dialogue as a Vehicle for Building a Caring Environment. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2379