6. Relationships

Classroom relationships

Relationships for learning

Teacher feelings, expectations and skills

Enhancing classroom climate


Creating and managing strong classroom relationships is an essential skill for teachers to master. The higher the quality of your relationships, the easier it will be to facilitate the learning of your students. The goal is for both you and your students to leave the learning environment with a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment.

Learners come to us from a range of backgrounds. In the FAVE sector especially students are likely to turn up to study with a variety of issues and histories. They may have had negative experiences throughout their educational journey, or possibly they feel inadequate and assume they are destined for failure. Our role is to make sure they know this isn’t the case.

For an examination of the characteristics, needs and teaching preferences of adult learners in the FAVE sector, see:

Ross-Gordon, JM. (2003) 'Adult Learners in the Classroom', New Directions For Student Services, V102, p. 43. Wiley Publishing [available at: http://ezproxy.sunderland.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=10071429&site=eds-live&scope=site]

Fraser, B (1993) 'Classroom environments in post-compulsory education', Youth Studies Australia, V. 12, N. 4, pp. 41. [available at: http://ezproxy.sunderland.ac.uk:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=9510244086&site=eds-live&scope=site]

For readings about the importance of building strong and caring relationships between the teacher and the learner, see:

Kristjánsson, K. (2010) The Self and its Emotions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Research Briefings

Diagrams and figures