Pre-service Teachers' Conceptions about Teaching and Learning: A closer look at Singapore cultural context

May 2007

Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 35, Issue 2 May 2007, pages 181 - 195

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.

Updated: Jan. 09, 2008