Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


One challenge teacher’s encounter as they focus on curriculum development and student learning outcomes is remembering the importance of connecting with students and forming a bond with them. Teachers may be unconsciously aware of how that relationship can potentially affect each child. In addressing this problem, two remarkable teachers were interviewed about how they form relationships with their students that result in students who feel cared for and thus they feel attached to their environment and their learning. Together with a review of the research on teacher-student relationships, the strategies learned from these two teachers were integrated into a presentation for a Liberal Studies 298 class. These LS 298 students were asked to complete a survey on the learning and outcomes gained from the presentation. These students reported that they felt more aware of the various ways teacher-student bonds can be addressed, the benefits of these bonds, and how culture and gender play a role in the formation of these relationships. In this way, as future teachers become more conscious of their future roles as educators and their students will greatly benefit from it.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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