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ISRN Education
Volume 2014, Article ID 425856, 7 pages
Research Article

Caring for Students: What Teachers Have to Say

1Department of C&I, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
2Bastrop ISD, Bastrop, TX 78602, USA
3Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Received 27 November 2013; Accepted 16 January 2014; Published 3 March 2014

Academic Editors: M. J. Cabral dos Santos Reis, V. Kann, and W.-C. Shih

Copyright © 2014 Rubén Garza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this exploratory qualitative study we examined teachers’ perceptions of teacher behaviors that convey caring in upper elementary and middle school classrooms. Data collection included teacher interview, classroom observations, and teacher self-reflection. Major findings include specific caring behaviors perceived by teachers that are identified and described in four themes: (a) fostering a sense of belonging, (b) getting to know students personally, (c) supporting academic success, and (d) attending to physiological needs. Our findings contribute to a body of research on caring by including teachers’ voices and illuminating an authentic approach in caring for students. Our description of caring behaviors and patterns of interactions demonstrate caring in ways that may not be congruent with the norm. Thus, our findings may provide new insight for educators to examine their personal ideology.