The Influence of Affective Teacher–Student Relationships on Students’ School Engagement and Achievement: A Meta-Analytic Approach

Dec. 01, 2011

Source: Review of Educational Research, 81(4): 493-529. (December 2011).

The authors investigated the associations between affective qualities of teacher–student relationships (TSRs) and students’ school engagement and achievement by using a meta-analytic approach.

Results were based on 99 studies, including students from preschool to high school. Separate analyses were conducted for positive relationships and engagement, negative relationships and engagement, positive relationships and achievement, and negative relationships and achievement.

Overall, associations of both positive and negative relationships with engagement were medium to large, whereas associations with achievement were small to medium.
Some of these associations were weaker, but still statistically significant, after correction for methodological biases. Overall, stronger effects were found in the higher grades. Nevertheless, the effects of negative relationships were stronger in primary than in secondary school.

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