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Tan, A. G. (1998). An exploratory study of Singaporean primary pupils' desirable activities. Education Journal, 26(1), 59-76.
An instrument was developed mainly from responses of primary school pupils (8-12 years old) to an open-ended question. It aimed at finding out types of activities that primary school pupils wish to have in English lessons. Two hundred and ten primary four and five pupils ( 10-12 years old) of three schools in Singapore rated the activities individually according to their preference. There were three interpretative factor structures. The first factor ( F 1) comprised items related to the conventional classroom activities (e.g., doing worksheet, spelling words). The second factor (F2) consisted of items related to unconventional/earning activities in and outside classrooms (e.g., games, computer learning, outdoor activities). The third factor (F3) comprised items related to activities that demand expressive and linguistic competence (e.g., showing and telling, role play). Using cluster analysis, the pupils were re-grouped according to these factors. Within a class there were pupils who demonstrated a high desirability for all activities. There were also pupils who showed less desirability for all activities. Implications of the findings for teachers were elicited.
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