ERIC Number: EJ1127135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
Approaches to Learning of First-Year and Fifth-Year Student Teachers: Are There Any Differences?
Marušic, Iris; Jugovic, Ivana; Loncaric, Darko
European Journal of Teacher Education, v40 n1 p62-75 2017
The motivation, skills and professional identity of future teachers develop during their initial teacher education. The aim of this research is to assess the differences between first-year and fifth-year student teachers on a number of personality and motivational variables that are indicative of their approaches to learning, using a cross-sectional design. The participants were 217 first-year and 109 fifth-year student teachers from three Croatian universities. The questionnaire measured personality dispositions, self-descriptions, achievement goals, motivation, learning strategies and perceived autonomy support in learning. The results showed that final-year student teachers displayed more conscientiousness and self-efficacy, and less avoidant goal orientations, extrinsic motivation and surface learning compared to first-year student teachers, indicating final-year students' more adaptive and proactive approach to learning. The observed differences could be a result of maturation processes and/or the effects of teacher studies that support the development of more adaptive patterns of learning and self-beliefs.
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Personality Traits, Goal Orientation, Learning Strategies, Motivation, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Case Studies, Universities, Questionnaires, Self Efficacy, Correlation, Comparative Analysis, Self Concept Measures, Statistical Analysis, College Students, Differences, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Croatia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire; Self Description Questionnaire