Title

Boundary Dilemmas in Teacher-student Relationships: Struggling With "the line"

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-17-2008

Publication Title

Teaching and Teacher Education

DOI

10.1016/j.tate.2008.10.002

ISSN

0742-051X

Abstract

The teacher–student relationship is viewed as integral to successful teaching and learning but, outside of a few exceptions, ethical boundary issues in this relationship have not been explored. The purpose of this study was to examine teachers' perspectives of their relationships with their students as well as how they described and negotiated relationship boundaries. Findings were organised into a typology of 11 categories of boundaries. The balance between demonstrating care while maintaining a healthy, productive level of control in the classroom was a recurring theme when discussing the boundaries.

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