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Tan, A. G. (1999). Psychology for teachers: An overview of the discipline psychology and its relation with education. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 498-506). Malacca, Malaysia.
This paper wishes to invite local educators, researchers, and psychologists to share
their insights into the roles of psychology and psychologists for teachers. It is not intended to
provide standardised answers. The paper raises several questions: Should psychology be
perceived as a core subject, a supplementary discipline, or a part of the curriculum of teacher
educational programs? What are teachers’ and educators’ concerns? How can psychological
models and theories be applicable to education? Are there Singaporean psychological models
of teacher educators? How can local psychologists design socio-culturally appropriate models
and theories? The first section of this paper elaborates briefly on field psychology. Several
questions and doubts related to this field are presented. The second section defines educational
psychology, and poses some questions related to this sub-discipline. The third section evaluates
the contents and directions of psychological courses for Singaporean teachers. Lastly,
reflections on the role of psychology for teachers for the next century are presented.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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