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A comparison of student teachers’ and mentors’ perceptions of problem behaviours in secondary schools
Teachers' perceptions
Problem behaviours
Disruptive behaviours
Secondary schools
Troublesome pupils
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Quah, M. L., Jones, K., & Gan, L. (1996, November). Teachers' perceptions. Paper presented at the ERA-AARE Joint Conference, Singapore.
Behaviours are social constructs, which become 'troublesome' when they
are problematic to someone. This paper compares student teachers' and
mentors' perceptions of problem behaviours in secondary schools in
Singapore. The study is particularly relevant, given the increased use
of mentoring in initial teacher education in Singapore and other
countries throughout the world.
The research focused upon behaviours which teachers (students and
mentors) regard as troublesome within the classroom. An analysis of the
perceptions of a total of 80 teachers is presented in order to reveal
the types of problem behaviours which are cited as the 'most frequently
occurring' and the 'most disruptive'. The results of the two groups of
teachers are compared.
The research also examines perceptions of problem behaviours which
occur 'around the school' (e.g. along the corridors, the playground).
The inclusion of this section was influenced by Lawrence and Steed's
(1986) research which named the playground as the site of most
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