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Title: Professional characteristics and teacher professionalism of secondary school teachers
Authors: Chia, Soo Keng
Diong, Cheong Hoong
Toh, Kok Aun
Keywords: Teacher Professionalism
Professional Development
Teaching Competence
Commitment to teaching
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: Singapore Journal of Education, 14(1), 55-66
Abstract: Questionnaire responses from 338 secondary school teachers were analysed to relate teachers' professional characteristics (comprising teaching experience, professional development, and academic and professional qualifications) to teacher professionalism, defined in terms of the two dimensions, teaching competence and commitment to teaching. The Professional Development and Teacher Professionalism Instrument (PDTPI) was devised to measure professional development and teacher professionalism. Inferential statistical techniques employed in the study showed that the variable, teaching experience, was not related to teacher professionalism. Professional development, on the other hand, was found to be an important variable, with the mean teacher professionalism scores between the "high" and "low" professional development groups being significantly different. The study also found that academic qualification was not related to teacher professionalism. However, teachers who had higher professional qualifications were found to possess a higher degree of teacher professionalism.
ISSN: 0129-4776
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles - Singapore Journal of Education

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