The statement that research has show that student teacher interaction is better for learning is unsubstantiated. What research? The research should be cited.
Furthermore, there is a possibility that it is variable from culture to culture. In many parts of Africa, there is a preferred distance between the two, and this is a reflection of the wider social values.
This is not a matter of teachers wanting to have their oosition recognised and reaffirmed. When I taught in Ghana, coming as I did from a North American value system, students told me they respect teacher more who are formal, reserved and distant, and they can therefore learn better from them,
--Phil Bartle 18:48, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for your input.
Chickering and Gameson were primarily addressing the needs of higher education students in the U.S. When they were doing their original work, this was a pretty radical idea. Since then, we have seen significant shifts for the better in expectations and delivery in post secondary education in response to their work.
Also note, this is a student-prepared WE page. They probably didn't think to question the basic premise because a) it was given as fact in the resources, and b) this is the norm in their experience.