The Three Characteristics of an Effective Teacher


  • Elock Emvula Shikalepo Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia.



Good teacher, Effective teacher, Teaching, Learning, Characteristics, Professional characteristics, Personal characteristics, Social characteristics, Optimal learning.


This study endeavoured to establish the characteristics of effective teachers and how these characteristics assisted teachers to improve learner performance. To address this aim, a case study design was employed as a methodology for the study, consisting of five rural schools. A literature study was conducted, alongside semi-structured individual interviews with five school principals and focus group interviews with twenty eight teachers from the same rural schools from where school principals were drawn. The collected data was analysed thematically, by establishing themes and their emerging categories. The established themes and their categories were interpreted and discussed to answer the research questions. The major findings of the study revealed that an effective teacher has a blend of three characteristics, namely, professional characteristics, personality characteristics and social characteristics. The blend of characteristics contribute to the quality of teaching and learning processes. The study recommended that educational practitioners in diversity should be cognisant of the characteristics of effective teachers and nurture them appropriately as these characteristics have a life-transforming effects on the lives of the learners.


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Shikalepo, E. E. . (2019). The Three Characteristics of an Effective Teacher. International Journal of Educational Studies, 2(2), 53–64.