Attachment to Teachers

Relationships are the foundation on which children grow. Building relationships with children is essential to supporting their development in and outside of school. These dynamics will look different depending on whether a teacher is working with preschoolers, middle-schoolers, or some other age group. Students can look to teachers as secondary attachment figures, defining a relationship that follows the secure base model of primary attachment. This entry outlines how teacher–student relationships map onto current understandings of attachment in general. It also examines how secondary attachment relationships can facilitate children’s learning by increasing feelings of security and comfort in school settings. Furthermore, it offers general strategies for how to create an environment in which children can develop secondary attachment relationships with teachers.

Defining Attachment to Teachers

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