Exploring Teacher Candidates’ Attitudes towards Pedagogical Teacher Training Based on Different Variables

  •  Cetin Toraman    
  •  Hasan Aydin    
  •  Ozgur Ulubey    


The raising of the life standards of individuals living within a society is only possible through the provision of quality education. Quality education can be realized only through the training of teachers with the necessary skills and positive attitudes towards the training provided at faculties of education and through teacher training programs. The purpose of this study is to compare the attitudes of teacher candidates enrolled on teacher training programs towards this type of education with their views concerning this model of education within the context of numerous variables factors. The participants in this study, that was designed according to a descriptive model, consisted of an appropriate sample of 202 teacher candidates from the teacher training program program at a state university situated in Istanbul. The data of the research were collected using “an attitude scale with regard to teacher training” and “an identification scale of the level of support provided to become a teacher”. The data were analyzed using a Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test, a Spearman Brown Rank Correlation Coefficient (test) and Binary Logistic Regression (method). A positive development was seen to have taken place in the attitudes of teacher trainees from the point prior to embarking on Teacher Training to completion of the training. Teacher candidates were of the view that teacher training contributed only slightly to the acquisition of skills relating to the learning and teaching process, however contributed greatly to development of the skills of being able to recognize diversity (among students) and in those related to class management. In accordance with the logistic regression model, it was realized that the above may represent predictor variables outside the model adopted.

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