UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Name of Author: 
Hor, Karen Kar Lin
Institute: 
Thesis (M.Ed.) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Supervisor: 
Ng, Aik Kwang
Year of completion: 
2005
Country: 
Singapore
Country of Research Data: 
Singapore
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Creativity has become a significant "desired outcome" of the Singapore Education System. Thus, teachers have the key role of cultivating the creative climate in the classroom. This study investigates the relationship between teaching attitudes, emotional intelligence and creativity in a group of school teachers in Singapore. It was predicted that liberal-democratic teachers were more creative and emotionally intelligent compared to conservative-autocratic teachers. 204 trainee and experienced teachers in the Singapore schools were asked to complete a survey which contained the following scales: Teachers' Attitudes Towards Students (TATS) to measure the two teaching attitudes; Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS) to measure emotional intelligence; and What King of Person Are You (WKOPAY) to measure creativity. Liberal-democratic attitude was positively correlated with emotional intelligence: r = .15, p < .05; whereas conservative-autocratic attitude was negatively correlated with emotional intelligence: r = .14, p < .o5. Similarly, liberal-democratic attitude was positively correlated with creativity: r = .16, p < .05; whereas conservative-autocratic attitude was negatively correlated with creativity: r = .24, p < .001.

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