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In this article, we report a quantitative study that investigated the conceptions of secondary school students with regard to the characteristics of the effective teacher. Our purpose was to obtain a profile of the effective teacher, focusing on three dimensions: (a) the interpersonal relationship between teachers and students, (b) the teacher's justice and impartiality, and (c) the teaching strategies that have a direct influence on enhancing student involvement and learning. The questionnaire was used as a research tool. The analysis of the data revealed that students consider justice, impartiality and the interpersonal relationship between teachers and students as important characteristics of the effective teacher, whereas the teaching strategies have less importance for them. In addition, it revealed statistically significant differences in the profile of the effective teacher with respect to the students’ gender and grade and positive correlations between self-identified attainment, interpersonal relationships and teaching strategies. The students had the opportunity to express their views about the effective teacher and the teachers to improve their teaching practice and to gain a more complete picture of their students' expectations.
Keywords: Effective teacher; effective teaching.
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