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How students perceive the relationship with their teachers. And a comparison with the developed countries

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At PISA tests from 2009, more than 5,000 Romanian school students were asked to answer several questions among which a set of 5 questions on the student-teacher relationship. Here are their answers, as well as a comparison with the answers of the school students from the Member States of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

1. The percentage of Romanian school students who said they did not get along well or at all with their teachers was of 11%, the OECD average being of 15.2%. On the other hand, 88.4% of the students answered they did get along well or very well with their teachers, compared with 84% in the OECD Member States. In both cases, the difference up to 100% represents the share of those who didn’t answer.
2. The percentage of Romanian school students who agreed with the statement “the teachers are interested of my good state” was of 61.5%, while 37.6% claimed the opposite. The percentage among the OECD Member States was of 65.6%, respectively of 33.1%.
3. In terms of the statement ”the teachers really listen to what I have to say”, 76% of the Romanian school students and 66% of the OECD Member States agreed and 23%, respectively 32.5% did not agree.
4. 73% of the Romanian school students and 78% of the school students from the developed countries agreed with the statement ”if I need extra help, the teachers help me”, the percentage of those who answered that the teachers didn’t help them at all or almost at all was of 25.7%, respectively of 20.8%.
5. 83% of the Romanian school students and 77.7% of the school students from the developed countries think that the teachers treat them correctly, the percentage of those who think the teachers treat them incorrectly being of 16.2% in Romania, and of 21% in the OECD Member States.

Two comments

1. Despite the general opinion that the teaching method in the Romanian educational system does not stimulate school students to ask questions and express their opinions, if we analyze the answers of the young people aged 15 who participated in the PISA tests from 2009 we notice that our rates are better than those of the developed countries in this respect, the Romanian teachers being more open to listening to what school students have to say (aforementioned paragraph 3). Moreover, the percentage of the school students who think the teachers treat them correctly is higher in Romania than in the developed countries (paragraph 5)
2. On the other hand, the perception of the students is that the teachers are less wiling to help them when they need extra help (paragraph 4), the number of those who think the teachers are less interested of their good state also being lower than the OECD average.

14.12.2011

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