Student–Teacher Relationships: The Elephant in the Classroom

  • Edward W. TaylorEmail author
Part of the Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning book series (IAKM, volume 8)


Teaching is a deeply subjective and relational activity; although often assumed to rest exclusively on effective instrumental practices, teaching’s success resides predominantly in the ability of the teacher to foster and engage reciprocating authentic connections with students. The import of teacher–student relationships is the central focus of this chapter. It explores the complexities that confound and confront student/teacher relationships and what is known empirically about its impact on learning and introduces key theoretical frameworks and core constructs used to make sense of this phenomenon. Discussed is the connection between knowledge management in the classroom and teacher–student relationships. The chapter ends with a discussion of strategies that can foster successful teacher–student relationships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Penn State University-HarrisburgMiddletownUSA

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