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Quah, M. L., & Teo, C. T. (1997). Identifying additional selection criteria for training teachers of the gifted. In J. Chan, R. Li & J. Spinks (Eds.). Maximising potential: Lengthening and strengthening our stride: Proceedings of the 11th World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children (pp. 306-311). Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.
This study seeks to identify personality characteristics including intellectual inclination, personality and creative-thinking ability of a group of graduate student teachers who, on their own volition, opted to take an initialization course in Gifted Education as one of the electives leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Education-Secondary (PGDE-S) at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. The control group consisted of PGDE-S student teachers who chose another elective. Personality attributes of the subjects, like extraversion-introversion, sensing-thinking, thinking-feeling and judgment-perception, were captured using the "Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Form G)", while the degree of creative thinking was assessed using the "How Do You Think?" inventory. Results of two independent tests indicated that the mean creative thinking score and the mean overall results for the experimental group were significantly higher than the controls. Also, more subjects in the experimental group were extraverted, intuitive and thinking. This study serves as a prototype for the systematic identification of graduate student teachers to teach the academically gifted in Singapore.
This paper was published in the 1997 proceedings of the 11th World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children held at Hong Kong from 30th Jul - 4th Aug 1995.
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