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Personality traits of expert teachers of students with EBD: clarifying a teacher's X-factor

Buttner, S., Pijl, S. J., Bijstra, J. & Van den Bosch, E., Jun-2016, In : International Journal of Inclusive Education. 20, 6, p. 569-587 19 p.

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Teaching students with emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) is a challenge for many teachers in inclusive education. Much research has been done to find out what differentiates expert teachers from their less skilled colleagues. Recent evidence points to personality as an underlying core factor influencing teacher performance. In this study, the predictive value of teacher personality for teacher quality in teaching students with EBD was examined among a sample of Dutch primary school teachers. Personality was measured using a self-report questionnaire based on the personality dimensions of the Five Factor Model of personality: Extraversion; Agreeableness; Conscientiousness; Neuroticism; and Openness to Experience. Different dimensions of teacher quality in teaching students with EBD were measured using an observation instrument, a self-efficacy questionnaire, and a nomination procedure. The dimensions of Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness to Experience were found to predict teacher quality in teaching students with EBD measured by the self-efficacy questionnaire. Altogether, personality explained 35% of the variance in teacher quality in teaching students with EBD measured by the self-efficacy questionnaire. The results relate to issues about teacher education and employment. Directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-587
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Volume20
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2016

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  • students with EBD, teacher quality, teacher personality, teacher observation, teacher self-efficacy, teacher nomination, JOB-PERFORMANCE, SCHOOL TEACHERS, 5-FACTOR MODEL, EFFICACY, QUALITY, METAANALYSIS, DIMENSIONS, DISORDERS, BEHAVIORS, STABILITY

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