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Title: Student teachers’ views on national education: The need for greater alignment between policy and praxis
Authors: Koh, Caroline
Liu, Woon Chia
Chye, Stefanie Yen Leng
Divaharan, Shanti
Keywords: Pre-service teacher education
Citizenship education
National education
Educational policy
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Citation: Koh, C., Liu, W. C., Chye, S., & Divaharan, S. (2013). Student teachers' views on national education: The need for greater alignment between policy and praxis. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 33(4), 424-443.
Abstract: This study examines student teachers’ views on their country and on National Education (NE), with the aim of promoting teachers’ understanding of the need for NE. A forty-item survey was administered to 1650 student teachers, to assess their sense of belonging, protective attitude, perceived right, ethnic tolerance and community and political involvement, as well as their perceptions of the importance and learning outcomes of NE. Significant differences were observed between the genders and between the various programme groups in terms of the student teachers’ responses, suggesting the need for a more comprehensive approach to NE in initial teacher education.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1742-6855 (Online)
0218-8791 (Print)
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/02188791.2013.810142
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