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Primary teachers' attributes and attitudes in Singapore
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Teaching and Learning, 24(2), 117-130
Teachers are important elements in the life of young children as they are facilitators of learning, counsellors of student problems and gardeners of growth and development. This study examines the attributes and attitudes of in-service teachers in primary schools with respect to current educational
policies and new initiatives. Three samples of teachers in the study include teachers teaching children with special needs, teachers in the mainstream classrooms and teachers teaching intellectually gifted
pupils. Attributes examined include self-reported virtues of truthfulness, peacefulness, a sense of justice, trustworthiness, care and love for pupils, a forgiving nature and service-orientation. Attitudes documented include optimism, a willingness to learn, an understanding of talents and their development and ability to adjust to the Ministry of Education (MOE) initiatives. Results of the study will inform teacher educators and the MOE in making better decisions on teacher selection and training required to attain the desired outcomes of education.
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