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ERIC Number: EJ887214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Investigating Demographic Characteristics and Teaching Perceptions of Turkish Preschool Teachers
Kabadayi, Abdulkadir
Early Child Development and Care, v180 n6 p809-822 Jul 2010
It is clear that teacher qualifications significantly affect the quality of teaching beliefs and education provided to young children and that higher qualifications in preschool teachers have both short- and long-term positive effects on their students. This study was built on pre-existing literature and new data to analyse the current socio-demographic characteristics and perceptions of teaching candidates entering the field of Preschool Education in Turkey. A questionnaire consisting of fixed-response and Likert-style questions was administered to all entry-level pre-bachelor and bachelor preschool student teachers enrolled in the Vocational School of Social Sciences (n = 120) and Faculty of Education of Selcuk University (n = 107) during the 2004-2005 academic year as well as cooperating teachers (n = 90) currently working in Konya. The aim was to obtain information regarding their background characteristics and perceptions of preschool teaching as a profession. Results indicate that significant differences exist between pre-service (pre-bachelor and bachelor) and cooperating preschool teachers' perceptions of the teaching profession. Implications for pre-service and cooperating teacher education and further research are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey