Learning the Students' Names: Does it Matter?

Anker Helms Jørgensen

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A key factor in successful teaching and learning is the relationship between the students and the teacher. A simple approach nurturing this relationship is learning the students' names. This is often suggested in the literature, but seems rarely practised. Substantial reports in the literature on the effect of learning the students' names are sparse. Against this background, this paper reports on a method for learning all the students' names and two studies of the effect, based on my use of the method in my teaching. The two survey studies were carried in 2011 and in 2014. A survey was in the first sent to 50 students and I received 18 answers (38%). The second survey was sent to 86 students and I received 48 answers (56%). These figures provides a good indication.The answers showed a marked positive effect: the students felt welcome, accepted and respected; the learning environment was more positive and the students felt more secure; the relations between the students and the teacher was improved; the students were encouraged to learn each others' names; and they found I was professional and committed. Im sum, learning the students' names matters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICERI2014 Conference
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)978-84-617-2484-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventICERI: International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation - The Barceló Renacimiento Hotel, Sevilla, Spain
Duration: 17 Nov 201419 Nov 2014
Conference number: 7


ConferenceICERI: International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation
LocationThe Barceló Renacimiento Hotel
Internet address


  • Student-Teacher Relationship
  • Learning Students' Names
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Positive Learning Environment
  • Survey Studies


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