Date of Award

5-14-1992

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Russ Dondero

Abstract

This study examines the presence and effect of mother love as an educational discipline. It was undertaken at Bluffview Elementary School in an upper-middle class neighborhood in the suburbs of a large metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest. The researcher found little evidence of mother love and nurturing as educational styles; however what was found was that in the rare instances where it did occur, there were two primary results: a decrease in behavioral problems and an increase in student motivation.

The study also showed the implications for the absence of mother love and nurturing as essential elements in the classroom. This absence can result in, to one degree or another, a lack of creativity and individuality, increased behavioral problems, and a decrease in student self-esteem.

The researcher feels that the implications of the study are clear: Teachers must work diligently to infuse their classrooms with the qualities that form the core of theoretical mother love-attentiveness, detachment vs. attachment, and caring. It is only in this way that a school can be made truly great, for without caring and empathy, education lacks vitality and consequently, soul.

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