Attitudes Affect Pupils' Learning

Mill, Cyril R.
January 1960
Educational Leadership;Jan1960, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p212
The article reports that both teacher and pupils must examine their attitudes before learning can improve. Learning is facilitated when a close, positive relationship exists between teacher and pupil. Sometimes this relationship becomes so intense that it resembles the identification phenomenon that brings a boy to emulate characteristics of his father, or a girl to imitate her mother. Pupils who identify with their teacher not only adopt his mannerisms, and speech, and feel a desire to be close to him, they also work hard to follow his directions, to be a good member of his group, and to earn and deserve his praise. The attitude of a child toward his teacher can also hamper the learning process. If a child hates his teacher he may really be unable to perform at his optimum level. The child's attitudes are not the only ones that need scrutiny in this issue. Teachers have attitudes that are important to the learning process, as well as parents, communities, and prevailing attitudes in the nation as a whole. The immediate concern within the scope of each individual educator is to look at his own attitudes and those of his pupils so that the classroom atmosphere is such that learning can take place.


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