HomeThe Asia-Pacific Education Researchervol. 21 no. 2 (2012)

Multiple Perspectives on Desirable Characteristics of Science Teachers for Educational Reform

Khajornsak Buaraphan

Discipline: Education



Teachers appear as an essential component of education. Teacher characteristics are highly relevant to effective teaching and learning. This study explored the perspectives of 830 students, 107 science teachers, and 95 school administrators regarding desirable characteristics of science teachers for educational reform. A free essay method was employed to collect data. A constant comparative method revealed four major categories concerning desirable characteristics of science teachers for educational reform, i.e., knowledge, teaching skill, personality, and moral and ethics. Science teachers for educational reform were commonly viewed as persons who possess good content and general knowledge; use hands-on activities and have communication skill; are polite and have sense of humor; and are honest, fair, and compassionate.