Singaporean Early Childhood Teachers' beliefs about Literacy Development in a Multilingual Context

November 2007

Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 35, Issue 4 November 2007, pages 409 - 434

It is widely recognised that teachers' pedagogical practices are influenced by many factors, including their personal experiences, their theoretical knowledge and the institutional context in which they work. Yet little is known about the beliefs held by Singaporean teachers about language and literacy development. Given the significance of early childhood for subsequent academic achievement, this study employed a survey method to explore the beliefs about literacy held by 79 teachers of 4- to 6-year-old children in prior-to-school settings.

The findings indicate that almost all teachers viewed their primary goal as fostering children's ability to communicate and express themselves. They believed in using an eclectic approach rather than focusing on one or other 'method'. The findings have implications for early childhood teacher education programs, professional development and implementation of Government policies in Singapore.

Updated: Jan. 09, 2008