6. Student Voice on Teachers’ Attributes that Resulted in Positive Learning Outcomes for Students with SEN in Mainstream Schools in Singapore

Steven Sim Gek Leng1*

  1. Dyslexia Association of Singapore

Abstract

The Singapore mainstream classroom is seeing increasingly diverse learning capabilities. Although there is growing involvement of students in educational research, there is little done from the perspectives of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Singapore. To bridge this gap, this study investigated the perceptions of students with SEN on teacher attributes and student outcomes in mainstream classrooms in Singapore. In a focus group setting, five students (aged between 14 and 16) were asked to share their opinions and thoughts based on their school experiences regarding teacher attributes that led to positive student outcomes in an inclusive mainstream classroom. Pictorial cards and the Diamond 9 ranking approach were used to help the students describe their experiences and rate the teacher attributes and student outcomes. ‘Respect’, ‘caring’ and ‘patience’ were top-ranking teacher attributes that the students felt are important to their learning in school. For student outcomes, self-concept in terms of self-awareness and how they performed in relation to their peers were found to be important benchmarks. These outcomes were more important than ‘praise and rewards by teachers’ and ‘competition with their peers’. The study also raised issues around victimisation and development of reciprocal friendship, and the teacher’s role in helping to overcome or enhance such experiences in an inclusive classroom setting. Teacher training was highlighted too, particularly in developing skills and knowledge to handle a classroom of students with diverse learning abilities.

Keywords: Special Educational Needs (SEN), teacher attributes, learning outcomes, student voice, dyslexia, focus group, Diamond 9

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