HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 19 no. 2 (2010)

Perception Changes in Knowledge and Skills of Graduating Student Teachers: A Singapore Study

Sylvia Chong | Angela F.L Wong | Isabella Y-F Wong | Doris Choy | Kim Chuan Goh

Discipline: Education, Psychology



The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions that student teachers hold of the level of their knowledge and skills in the areas of pedagogy and classroom management. A sample of 596 student teachers completed the survey on their perceptions at the beginning and at the end of their initial teacher preparation programme. The results of the study indicated that student teachers' perceptions of their knowledge and skills in the areas of facilitation, lesson preparation, classroom management, feedback and evaluation increased significantly upon completion of their teacher preparation programme. However, their perceived skill level in the area of care and concern remained unchanged by the end of the programme. The findings also showed that although the student teachers perceived their knowledge and skills at about the same level at the beginning of the programme, they perceived their knowledge level to be significantly higher than their skills level by the end of the programme.