Effect of Teachers and Students Relationships on the Academic Engagement of Students: A Qualitative Case Study

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Birhanu Moges Alemu
Dereje Adefris Woldetsadik


This research examined the effect of teacher and student relationships on the academic engagement of students. The research approach used was the qualitative study employing the interpretive research paradigm which falls in the case study design. The subjects of the study were eight teachers and four students of Adama Science and Technology University. The study used purposive sampling. It employed qualitative data collection tools: interview guides, a focus group discussion guide and observation. The resulting analysis and interpretation provided a description of major themes that developed regarding strong teacher- student relationships, as well as, specific components to the interactions considered essential for the student’s learning environment. Identifying specific factors associated with teacher-student interactions could provide valuable information to an educational learning community. The findings of the study indicated that the factor that affects teachers’ motivational factors in student relationships were the work environment and students’ disciplinary problems. The results showed that the instructors are motivated to teach nevertheless the resources, environment, theories of motivation and goals set influence the quality of the teaching-learning process. The study concluded that these factors should be upheld. Consequently, it is recommended that higher education should improve the working environment and working conditions in the university.

Case study, learning, performance, student, teacher, teacher-student relationship.

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Alemu, B. M., & Woldetsadik, D. A. (2020). Effect of Teachers and Students Relationships on the Academic Engagement of Students: A Qualitative Case Study. Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, 33(11), 48-62. https://doi.org/10.9734/jesbs/2020/v33i1130271
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