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Quick Chat: Attachment Theory

March 14,2016

Werklund researcher studies how to support teachers with different teaching styles

In this Quick Chat, Lissa D’Amour talks about ways to support teachers with different teaching styles

March 14, 2016 - Think about a time when you were young and perhaps you were ill…you were burning up with a fever and your parents were looking after you.

Each had a different reaction to your illness.  Perhaps one was in a panic and wanted to bundle you up and whisk you off to the nearest emergency room; maybe the other one seemed to play the whole situation down—that the illness was no big deal and that you were going to be fine. 

Did you ever stop to think that the way your parents handled a situation like that when you were a toddler might have a bearing on how you react to certain situations as an adult?

That’s called attachment theory, and it goes a long way to explain how and why we react to different stimuli as adults. 

Lissa D’Amour has been examining attachment theory as it pertains to teachers in the K-12 system. The assistant professor in the Werklund School of Education is in the process of examining how school administrators can recognize patterns in their teachers, and how they might take steps to support different teachers with different teaching styles that have developed as result of this psychological model.