FOSTERING TEACHER-PUPIL RELATIONSHIP FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING IN PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN ORUMBA NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ANAMBRA STATE
Keywords:Primary education, teacher-pupil relationship, effective learning
This study focused on ways teachers can foster positive teacher-pupil relationships in public primary schools in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. The study was guided by one research question. Descriptive survey design was used for the study. The population of the study comprised of 503 public primary school teachers in 53 public primary schools in Orumba North LGA. Proportionate stratified sampling was used in selecting 100 teachers from the population. Simple random sampling was used to select 20 schools. A 20 item structured questionnaire titled Teacher-Pupil Relationship Questionnaire (TPRQ) was used for data collection. The instrument was subjected to face validation by three experts. A reliability co-efficient of 0.82 was obtained using Cronbach Alpha. The data collected were analyzed using mean. The findings of this study revealed some of teachersâ€™ characteristics that can foster positive relationships with pupils to include having patience with pupils, giving individualized attention to pupils, encouraging pupils to ask questions in the classroom among others. The researchers recommended among others that all the stakeholders in the educational system- the teachers, educational managers, policy makers should give a priority attention to positive teacher-pupil relationship as it plays a pivotal role in the teaching and learning process.