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The Impact of Short-Term Student-Teacher Relationships on Student Well-Being in Higher Education

Foerst, H.F. (2023) The Impact of Short-Term Student-Teacher Relationships on Student Well-Being in Higher Education.

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Abstract:The study examined how short-term student-teacher relationships in higher education, specifically at the University of Twente, impact student well-being. Further, the study aimed to provide suggestions for teaching staff of the University of Twente to foster positive student-teacher relationships. Qualitative descriptive methods in the form of semi-structured interviews were utilised, with 18 bachelor students participating. For data analysis, the coding process was conducted through an inductive, thematic coding approach. Time constraints imposed by short, consecutive modules posed challenges to developing strong bonds and receiving academic support. However, certain factors positively influenced the relationships, including direct interactions, teachers’ involvement in helping and educating students, and students’ efforts to connect with teachers. Individual experiences and opinions varied depending on factors like personal bonding preferences and program designs allowing for more or less interaction. These findings highlight the challenges posed by the limited time available for forming strong bonds with teachers, which ultimately affects student well-being. The study recommends that university teachers prioritise caring for and directly interacting with students to enhance their academic experiences and well-being. Overall, these insights can contribute to fostering positive student-teacher relationships and improving students' overall educational journey.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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