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Singaporean early childhood teachers' responses to myths about child abuse

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Prior to attending seminars on child abuse and domestic violence, 86 kindergarten and 64 special education (early childhood) teachers completed a questionnaire seeking views relating to the accuracy of statements relating to all forms of child abuse. This was designed to identify the accuracy of teachers' knowledge of child abuse and neglect versus the influence of universal myths. Results show that special education teachers were less well informed than kindergarten teachers on child protection issues despite international recognition that children with disabilities are the most vulnerable to abuse of all kinds. The results of this survey will be valuable for the Singapore Government's plan to provide preservice and inservice education relating to family violence and child abuse. It is part of a larger project.

Keywords: Child abuse; Early years teachers; Myths and facts; Special education; Teacher education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of South Australia 2: Nanyang Technological University National Institute of Education Singapore

Publication date: 2004-04-01

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