Teacher personality, teacher characterastics, and teacher stress

  • David Fontana
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


A major emphasis throughout this book is that if we wish to understand child behaviour, we must consider not only children themselves but the various influences that are brought to bear upon them. Within the context of school, the most important of these is obviously the teacher. Research into teacher personality, and by this I mean the whole range of personal characteristics that may affect the way in which teachers go about their tasks, has not been as systematic as research into child characteristics, but nevertheless there are a number of valuable inferences that can be drawn.


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Additional reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.University of MinhoPortugal

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