Academic journal article Childhood Education

Observing Emotional Interactions between Teachers and Students in Elementary School Classrooms

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Observing Emotional Interactions between Teachers and Students in Elementary School Classrooms

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Observing Emotional Interactions Between Teachers and Students in Elementary School Classrooms--Yan, Evans, & Harvey

Teachers play an important role in developing their students' academic, social, and emotional lives. The effect of emotions on quality teaching has long been the subject of research; however, it is unclear how emotional skills are taught and managed in the classroom. In their research study, Yan, Evans, and Harvey discuss the fostering of emotional skills in the elementary school classroom, and how this may lead to improved learning outcomes, such as pro-social behavior and positive emotional development.

The authors present a thorough literature review in which they explain the typical measurements of classroom environments. Typical approaches were self-report instruments, which compare actual and preferred perceptions of classroom conditions. According to this literature review, educators at the elementary school level are aware of the importance of emotional skills and how they influence students' learning; however, less is known about the middle childhood years, grades 3-6. The authors state that an emotional environment includes five key dimensions: interpersonal relationships, interpersonal guidelines, emotional awareness, emotion coaching, and intrapersonal beliefs. Overall, the relationships those teachers build with students relate to positive learning outcomes. …

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