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WHAT ARE THE PUPILS’ AND THEIR PARENTS’ OPINIONS OF THE ACTIVITIES AND COMPETENCES OF CLASS TEACHERS: EXPERIENCE WITH THE RESEARCH

E. Frydkova1, R. Pospisil2

1University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (SLOVAKIA)
2Faculty of Education, Masaryk University (CZECH REPUBLIC)
A class teacher is the coordinating and integrating factor with series of important educational tasks in relation to the pupils of his class, their parents, to other teachers of the school, its management and, under certain circumstances, also to the general public. For the needs of this study, the activities of the class teacher are understood as the activities performed by the class teacher, which consist mainly in the direct relation with the function of the class teacher. The competences are prerequisites of successfully performed activities.

The article presents experience with the research in the form of a sample survey and analyzes the concept of function of the class teacher from the point of view of the parents and teachers of primary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic. Also, it focuses on the frequency of educational questions solved by pupils and their parents with the class teachers. The resulting findings could further be compared with socio-demographic characteristics as the type of the school (primary or secondary school), respondents’ sex and how long the class teacher teaches a single class. The obtained data demonstrate that there is a substantial difference between what is of actual importance to the parent and what is actually solved with the class teacher. This discrepancy may be caused either by the issue in relation of the class teacher – parent, and – what seems to be highly probably in consideration of further results – most of the interviewed parents only do not have the opportunity to solve so many problems of their children. Very often, the pupils do not solve any educational questions directly with their class teacher. Their problems mostly include absences, behaviour or school results.