REVIEW – July – August 2009

Temperament of students and coping at school


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When some time ago one talked about temperament in the context of choleric, phlegmatic and melancholic aspects, then it is not necessarily the case any more. Burks, Rubenstein and Keltikangas-Järvinen address temperament characteristics as follows: every individual possesses some activity, rhytmicity, intensity, persistence, quality of mood, threshold of responsiveness, adaptiveness and distractibility. The difference lies in the proportions, i.e. how much of which. Although there hasn’t been notied no association between temperament and school problems in Estonia, such association definitely exists: because of some temperament characteristics some  children do not receive as good education as they could.