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Primary education students and their representations of teachers

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Author(s): Roberta Kolling Escalante | Rosely Perez Xavier

Journal: Práxis Educativa
ISSN 1809-4031

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 265;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Social representations | Primary education teachers | Teacher student interaction

ABSTRACT
The present paper analyses how primary education students represent teachers in aspects such as genre, age, appearance, attitude, and teaching methodology. It also examines the effect of these aspects on the student-teacher interaction. The study was based on the Social Representation Theory (MOSCOVICI, 1978, 1984, 2004), and it included 69 students from different school levels who were asked to answer a questionnaire as well as interview questions in focus groups. In addition to revealing some stereotypes in the representations of students about teachers, the data showed that teachers’ attitudes and their methodology may create tensions in the classroom.

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