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Study Indicates Positive Teacher-Student Relationships Might Be More Effective Than Counseling, Anti-Bullying Programs

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“If there was any question about how important the role of a teacher in a child’s life is, a new study has substantiated this further with some new evidence. Members of the Violence Research Centre at Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology and colleagues from both ETH Zurich and the University of Toronto arrived at the conclusion that positive relationships with teachers for middle school aged students is likely to reduce aggressive behavior for four years through analysis of nearly a decade’s worth of data. The researchers analyzed “data from eight ‘waves’ of a major longitudinal study of culturally-diverse Swiss youth being schooled across Zurich. The latest study involved 1,067 students randomly sampled across 56 of the city’s schools,” said the University of Cambridge in a release.”(more)

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