What It Means to be a Great Teacher? The Life Experience of University Students in Thailand


Educational research on teacher-student relationships recognizes their impact on students. However, it typically emphasizes on physical outcomes, such as students’ learning achievement, with less attention to psychological ones, such as students’ feelings. While everyone acknowledges the significance of the professional teacher, little acknowledgment of caring and loving teacher as an issue exists in the meaning of a great teacher. Employing a qualitative-interpretative analysis with university students in Thailand, this research paper presents the student narratives and stories which describe the meaning of a great teacher in practice and argues for recognition of what it means to be a great teacher from the perspective of Thai culture. Furthermore, the student’s narratives describe what they relational experience from teaching, caring, loving, and being in a relationship with their teacher and how this meaningful relationship affects and alters their own lives.

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Pataraporn Sangkapreecha, Bangkok University, Thailand

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Conference: ACEID2022
Stream: Mind

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To cite this article:
Sangkapreecha P. (2022) What It Means to be a Great Teacher? The Life Experience of University Students in Thailand ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2022 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2022.16
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2022.16

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