Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan


This literature review addresses teacher-student relationships (TSRs) and their impact on student achievement in school. Research was collected from peer-reviewed articles and journals on the importance of TSRs, barriers that can make it difficult to develop these relationships, and strategies that teachers can use to build strong relationships with students. Research shows that TSRs between teachers and students have a large impact on students’ achievement in school. Positive TSRs increase student motivation and academic success, while negative relationships hinder students’ cognitive development and desire to participate in academic tasks and routines. Students’ backgrounds, their prior experience in school, and teachers’ experience are some of the potential barriers to building positive TSRs that are discussed in this literature. Teachers can use strategies such as getting to know students personally and supporting their students emotionally and academically to achieve positive TSRs with each of their students.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis