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However, the children also tended, less directly, to assess good teachers by their physical presence, such as their general appearance and clothing. The children also reported other important qualities, which were more pastoral than academic; they valued the trustworthiness of their teacher and also mentioned as essential the teacher's care of their pupils. While these traits were general across the age-range, there were some differences in emphasis associated with age. Younger pupils were more focused than older children on the more obvious and immediate aspects, such as the appearance of the teacher, the particular subjects taught, and the administration of physical punishment.
Berti and Bombi (1985) investigated children's ideas about the boss in speci®c areas of society, asking working-class Italian children, aged 4±11 years, about the headteacher and the factory boss. They found that around the age of 7±8, most children understand that the school requires a boss, but that they do not always equate this role with the headteacher. By 8±9, most children comprehend that the headteacher has the important role of authority in the school, but also report some misconceptions such as attributing ownership of the school to the headteacher.
Furthermore, some indirect support was found to suggest that the two sets of parents did have different relationships with their respective schools. While there was no signi®cant difference between the two parent populations in their overall attitude ratings of their children's schools, one speci®c item did show a signi®cant variation. With respect to the parents' assessments of how welcome they felt they were in school, the parents of children in the lower SES school actually rated this more highly than the parents of children in the higher SES school.