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Title: Maltese teachers' perception of morally-undesirable behaviours among secondary schoolchildren
Authors: Borg, Mark G.
Keywords: Bullying in schools -- Case studies
Children -- Conduct of life
Problem children -- Education
Teachers of problem children
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Theology
Citation: Borg, M. G. (1998). Maltese teachers' perception of morally-undesirable behaviours among secondary schoolchildren. Melita Theologica, 49(2), 3-17.
Abstract: In a previous article (Borg & Falzon1 ) the perception of Maltese primary school teachers of three morally-undesirable behaviours was investigated. That study showed that of 16 selected behaviours stealing, cruelty/bullying, and lying figured among the top five most serious. Results showed that: male primary school teachers tend to take a more serious view of these three behaviours than female teachers; the more experienced teachers took a less serious view of the behaviours; while lying was perceived to be more serious when manifested by girls, the converse was true for cruelty/bUllying; there were no pupil sex differences in the case of stealing; the three behaviours were considered to be more serious when manifested by older children (i.e. those in Year IV-VI as compared with Year I-Ill); teacher's perception was not influenced by ability stream since no differences were reported. The purpose of the present article is to consider the perceived seriousness of morally-undesirable behaviour in the secondary school context, thereby continuing where the Borg & Falzon I study had left off. It also seeks to investigate further the role of teacher, school and pupil characteristics in the perception of these behaviours.
Appears in Collections:MT - Volume 49, Issue 2 - 1998
MT - Volume 49, Issue 2 - 1998

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