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Perceptions of an effective mathematics teacher
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Singapore Journal of Education, 1989 (Special Issue), 101-105
The purpose of the study was to identify the characteristics of an effective teacher in secondary mathematics as perceived by trainee teachers. A questionnaire in which they were asked to rate 40 teacher characteristics
according to the extent to which they perceived each to be associated with an effective mathematics teacher was completed by 121 trainee teachers from the 1987 intake and 67 trainee teachers from the 1988 intake of
Diploma in Education students at the Institute of Education. For comparison, the questionnaire was also completed by 76 mathematics teachers from various secondary schools in Singapore. The characteristic
with the highest mean rating was the ability "to explain concepts, methods, etc. clearly". Other characteristics that are highly rated were "is confident and at ease in teaching" and "conveys an enthusiasm for mathematics to pupils". Lowest ratings were given to the characteristics "maintains a degree of aloofness in relationships with pupils" and "makes frequent use of criticism to motivate pupils".
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