Teacher – Student Relationship as a Determinant of Students’ Classroom Participation in some Secondary Schools in Kumba I Municipality
Keywords:student-teacher relationship, classroom participation, communication, emotionally safe environment, perception, motivation
The study investigates the Effect of Teacher- Student Relationship on Students’ Classroom Participation in the Kumba I Municipality. The descriptive survey research design was used to collect data. Four research objectives were formulated to guide this study. The target population for the study comprised three secondary schools. (one government, one confessional and one lay private) and a sample of 160 students purposively selected from them. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire which comprised of closed ended questions. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics that is tables and frequencies. The findings revealed that all the variables exploited by the study (communication, emotionally- safe learning environment, student perception of teachers, motivation and praise) all have the potential of affecting students’ classroom participation in secondary schools in Kumba Municipality. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: Teachers are advised to routinely show positive attitudes, beliefs and expectations that will motivate students, build a cordial relationship with their students, and students are encouraged to feel free to express their problems especially academic problems to their teachers.
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