London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Individualism/collectivism and teachers’ perceptions of children in primary school

Author(s) Simona Prosen, Marjanca Pergar Kuscer  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2005  
Editor A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
The cultural dimension of individualism-collectivism is linked to the priorities that people from different cultures have: personal goals are stressed more in individualistic cultures, and the group goals more in collectivistic cultures. This paper reports a study in which we sought the connection between primary school teachers` orientation towards individualism/ collectivism and their subsequent perceptions of ‘different’ children. We used questions deriving from the four categories model, of horizontal/vertical cultural individualism/ collectivism and the descriptions of children. We were interested whether there is a connection between individualistic and collectivistic orientation in primary school teachers and their perception of children.

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