Pre-service teachers' conceptions about teaching and learning: A closer look at Singapore cultural context

Kwok Wai CHAN, Puay Inn Justina TAN, Cheok Eng Angeline KHOO

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Abstract

A questionnaire was administered to 313 teacher education students of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore to examine their conceptions about teaching and learning. Two dimensions were identified, viz. traditional and constructivist conceptions about teaching and learning. While both conceptions were prevailing, there was a greater tendency for students to hold a constructivist conception about teaching and learning. Multivariate data analysis showed that there were significant differences in the two conceptions about teaching and learning across program groups, among different race groups, with respect to qualifications, but no significant differences for age, gender and subject groups. Explanations were sought in the ambit of educational initiatives and cultural premises. Implications were also drawn for future development and planning in teacher education. Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-195
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

Citation

Chan, K.-W., Tan, J., & Khoo, A. (2007). Pre-service teachers' conceptions about teaching and learning: A closer look at Singapore cultural context. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 35(2), 181-195.

Keywords

  • Classroom
  • Beliefs

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