2002．第30卷第2期（Vol. 30 No. 2）．pp. 107131
Singaporean Student Teachers’ Perception of Teacher Behaviors Important for Fostering Creativity
Ai-Girl TAN & Swee-Chiew GOH（陳愛月、吳穗秋）
In an interview setting, 144 participants who completed two blocks of teaching practice (five and eight weeks) were invited to share their teaching experiences with respect to cultivating creativity. Specifically, they were requested to rate some adjectives (e.g., caring, creative) or short phrases (e.g., has interest in many areas) that described them, and their perception of teacher behaviors important for fostering creativity. The factor and cluster analyses showed that the majority of the student teachers wished to be seen as caring and/or assertive teachers. Significant results were found with regard to teachers’ behaviors in stimulating thinking, asking questions, and facilitating evaluation. The majority of the student teachers (80% and above) associated high achievers with teacher competence in, and dispositions for fostering creativity. Implications of the findings of the study were elicited for fostering teachers’ behaviors toward enhancing creativity within Singapore’s teacher educational context.