Humanistic qualities of the teacher as perceived by undergraduate students in Bahrain and Kuwait
Al-Musawi N., Karam E.M.
SourcetitleJournal of Education for Teaching
The objective of this study was to identify the main qualities of the teacher as a person as perceived by university students in Bahrain and Kuwait. A 25-item questionnaire, which reflected the basic humanistic qualities of the teacher as related to effective teaching, was designed and then administered to a random sample of 520 students enrolled in the Colleges of Education in Bahrain and Kuwait. In addition to the questionnaire, students' own qualitative descriptions of effective teachers were collected by means of two open-ended questions. The results of the study showed no significant differences between the perceptions of male and female undergraduate students of the most important human characteristics of the effective teacher. Consequently, the authors suggest that the main qualities of the teacher as a person should be considered for inclusion in teacher education programmes in both Bahrain and Kuwait. � 2011 Taylor & Francis.