Singaporean early childhood teachers' responses to myths about child abuse

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Briggs, Freda and Potter, Gillian. 2004. "Singaporean early childhood teachers' responses to myths about child abuse." Early Child Development and Care. 174 (4), pp. 339-355. https://doi.org/10.1080/0300443032000153408
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Singaporean early childhood teachers' responses to myths about child abuse

ERA Journal ID20172
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBriggs, Freda (Author) and Potter, Gillian (Author)
Journal TitleEarly Child Development and Care
Journal Citation174 (4), pp. 339-355
Number of Pages17
Year2004
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0300-4430
1476-8275
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0300443032000153408
Abstract

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.

Keywordsearly years teachers; child abuse; myths and facts; special education; teacher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390302. Early childhood education
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of South Australia
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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