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Howes Hamilton Matheson 1994 hypothesised that good child-teacher interactions would be positively correlated with good child-peer interactions They drew from John Bulbys attachment theory and from recent studies of teacher-child relationships While Bulby primarily focuses upon how the parent-child relationship affects the forming of later relationships recent studies observe the influence of the teacher-child relationship The articles introduction discusses the inspiration for the researchers studies however theoretical explanations for their work are vague The researchers make loose associations between Bulbys work and recent studies in attachment Attachment theory seems irrelevant to what the researchers expect to find in the study Research Methods and Design and their Limitations Graduate students who did not know the studys hypothesis met with 48 children over three years Each graduate student observed a child every six months but never saw the same child twice Research Methods and their Limitations This study used a naturalistic observation method where the graduate students would simply watch their subjects behaviour Naturalistic observation is limited in that the researcher has little control over a situation However the method allows a child to behave in a way in which they usually conduct themselves therefore it is appropriate for this experiment The study also used an experimental method by using the Attachment Q-Set where they observed the teacher-child relationship by initiating a strange situation These strange situations proved useful in that graduate students could observe teacher-child attachment Its limitation however is that the strange situation is as it implies strange Researchers create a single environment and one that children are not likely to experience outside the lab setting Using naturalistic observation for this aspect of the study may have been more fitting A third method they used was self-report Researchers asked teachers to fill out a rating scale that asked questions about the student They also interviewed the subjects themselves Self-report is useful in that the teachers tend to know students well however
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