The Effects of Tobephobia on Learning Outcomes in the Educational Milieu

By Prakash Singh.

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Fear of failure to achieve educational outcomes is one of the greatest fears any teacher experiences. In this study, fear that specifically manifests itself in the educational environment is identified as Tobephobia. Tobephobia in school-based education can manifest in many ways such as: systemic changes in education; major changes in the design of the curriculum without the concomitant continuous professional development of teachers; inadequate professional skills to cope with multicultural education; racism in education; and the effects of the violent behaviour of learners. This paper is based on the qualitative research accomplished by the author on the manifestation of fear within the educational milieu and its effects on learning outcomes. Educators who were interviewed did not deny the existence of TBP and its effects on their cognitive (IQ) and emotional (EQ) competences. The research findings strongly suggest that the fear of failure to achieve educational outcomes is predominantly based on five major (interlocking) phases in the Achievement Cycle. These five phases namely, Strengths, Weaknesses, Expectations, Abilities, and Tensions can easily be identified with our essential nature which is the state of being that fuels our passion and gives us an abiding sense of purpose. This is a generic model that is usable or suitable to conduct a SWEAT analysis of the effects of Tobephobia in the educational milieu to address problems and consider possible solutions.

Keywords: Tobephobia, Fear of Failure in Education, SWEAT Achievement Cycle

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp.111-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 700.689KB).

Prof. Prakash Singh

Professor of Advanced Studies in Education, Research, Technology & Innovation Unit, Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Prakash Singh is a professor of advanced studies in education. He is in the Research, Technology and Innovation Unit of the Faculty of Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His field of specialization is educational leadership, fear management and curriculum development. He has published widely in accredited journals and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. He is also a member of several national and international organisations and currently serves as an executive committee member of the Standard Generating Body of the South African Qualifications Authority in South Africa. He is the recipient of a Senior Fulbright Researcher’s grant. His current research focus is on the emotional intelligence of educational leaders and the management of fear in the educational milieu.


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