Fostering effective pedagogical relationships with middle school girls with exceptionalities
Building effective pedagogical relationships between two people is a critical aspect in the field of Education. This study investigated the perspectives and strategies used by grade 6/7 Learning Resource and Classroom Teachers with middle school girls with exceptionalities, via a qualitative online survey methodology. A thematic analysis approach was then used to analyze the data. The fundamental research question explored in this study was: “What do grade 6/7 Learning Resource and Classroom Teachers do to foster effective pedagogical relationships with middle school girls with exceptionalities?” The results from the study illustrate and confirm the importance and impact that a positive relationship among the teacher and student can result in. Furthermore, the four prevailing themes developed from the survey include: communication, trust, feedback, and collaboration and care. Results are further discussed in depth, in addition to comparing and contrasting strategies used by Learning Resource and Classroom Teachers. In order to further extend our knowledge on this topic, further studies should include the perspectives of the students themselves.