Teacher’s Views of Students in Estonian Schools

By Ene-Silvia Sarv, Mare Leino, Loone Ots and Linda Pallas.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The general question posed by this research was: How do factors directly controlled by teachers and the school influence the well being of students and support their development?
Teachers personal perceptions of their students and their perception of a supportive school-culture as a factor for student development influence a student's capacity for learning and academic achievement. The main aims of the research were to find patterns of teacher perceptions of students and school-culture and to find preventive solutions and intervention strategies at an individual, group and school level. As result a model of teacher attitudes to students and student support by teacher and school is described and developed (7 areas, 23 indicators).
The pattern of teacher’s views on students does not depend on teacher’s personality and professional history alone but from the school where the teacher works, age etc. Our study of teachers suggested that a broader approach – via differences in teachers’ mental models and school cultures might be useful in gaining an understanding of obstacles and possibilities for wider and better learning in school, so that school failure becomes not the rule but an exception. Some unexpected and worrying results are described.

Keywords: Teacher Mental Models, Teacher Image of Students and Causes of Students’ Stress, Teacher and School as Support System Student Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 9, pp.169-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.289MB).

Ene-Silvia Sarv

Lecturer, Institute of Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia

I have been educated as physicsist and physics teacher in Moscow, as Waldorf teacher in England and as researcher and teacher trainer in Estonia. Along of more then 30 years of teaching experience as physics teacher, I have step-by step moved into educational research, school reform, teacher training and in-service training. Currently, my area of research is connected to teacher in the school as learning organization (symbiotic approach), area of teaching in Tallinn University - philosophy and science of education and school as learning organization. I have always been interested in classical music, architecture, literature and fine arts as well as woodwork, photography, people, cultures and religions. I have two daughters and four grandchildren who keep me in close touch to today`s school-reality.

Mare Leino

Assistant Professor, Educational Sciences, Tallinn Univesity, Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia

Dr. Loone Ots

Senior Researcher, Dpt of Educational Studies, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia

Linda Pallas

Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia


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