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The aim of this study was to determine the effect of question prompts on the process of journal writing by comparing unstructured and structured journals from pre-service teachers in the context of a Teaching Practicum course. Four early childhood pre-service teachers in their final year of undergraduate study constituted the case of this study. The unstructured and structured journals they kept in this process were compared in terms of content and reflection levels, and a questionnaire was utilized to determine their views. The study showed that when compared to unstructured writing, the use of question prompts assisted the pre-service teachers in achieving an advanced level of reflection in their journal writing.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2021
This phenomenological research explores the opinions of social studies teacher candidates about self and peer assessment. It is a descriptive study using qualitative data from a sample of 21 teacher candidates. Research data were collected using a semi-structured interview and the researcher's observation notes. The data were analysed using the descriptive content analysis method. The findings showed that self and peer assessment could serve as a powerful learning activity rather than simply an assessment tool. The results also indicated that self and peer assessment support the development of skills, such as self-regulation, critical thinking and decision-making. Teacher candidates reported that self and peer assessment had positive effects, such as recognizing their own shortcomings, learning by sampling from peers’ work, constructive contribution to each other's work, comprehension of the skills and criteria that form the basis of assessment, being part of the assessment process, gaining assessment skills, recognizing individual differences and developing critical thinking skills. Self and peer assessment facilitate the development of a learning environment that is more cooperative, participative and appropriate to the educational needs of initial teacher education students in the 21st century.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2021
The use of digital badges has become increasingly common in educational settings as an alternative assessment tool, and they are linked with student motivation and integration of gamification elements into learning environments. This study explores the perceptions of pre-service English teachers at a university of the inclusion of digital badges in an LMS used in their face-to-face courses. Seventy-nine prospective English teachers participated in the 14-week study employing a mixed method design in which data were collected through a questionnaire and open-ended questions. Quantitative data analysis suggests that the participants had positive perceptions of the use of digital badges as an integral part of their courses. Content analysis of the qualitative data generated themes demonstrating teacher candidates’ perceptions of digital badges. Overall, the study provides some implications for using digital badges as well as caveats to be taken into account in planning their use.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2021
English is vertically distributed in the socioeconomic layers of Turkish society as there has been a discrepancy between English learning opportunities in public vs. private educational institutions and developed vs. underdeveloped regions. Attracting qualified English teachers to work in unprivileged regions and public schools would be one of the solutions for the social inequity caused by unbalanced access opportunities to satisfactory English proficiency. Collecting and analysing questionnaire data from pre-service teachers from 13 English Language Teaching departments (N = 583), and conducting semi-structured interviews with 88 participants, this study aims to understand regional and institutional plans of pre-service English teachers with a focus on factors affecting their plans. Majority of the participants plan to work in public institutions as they offer job security and moderate workload; on the other hand, professional development opportunities in private institutions are quite attractive for many teacher candidates. Participants seem to have a tendency to work in developed regions. Cultural concerns, geographical concerns, altruistic concerns, opportunities and beliefs derived from others’ experiences are found to be effective on their regional plans.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2020
The impact of feedback form on transactional distance and critical thinking skills in online discussions
The purpose of the current study was to determine the impact of different forms of feedback (text/image/video) on the transactional distance (TD) perceptions and critical thinking skills (CTS) of the learners in online collaborative discussions. The study was designed as a quasi-experimental study and was carried out with the participation of 104 pre-service teachers. TD Scale and Critical Thinking Standards Scale were used as data collection instruments. The findings revealed that whilst the form of feedback had a significant difference on TD perception, it did not create a significant difference on CTS. When the impact of feedback form on TD perception of the learners was examined, it was seen that the group with the lowest TD perception was the one which was given video-based feedback in online discussions. This group was followed by the groups to whom image- and text-based feedback was given.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2020
The effect of the ‘teacher-led PD for teachers ’professional development program on students’ achievement: an experimental study
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the ‘teacher-led PD for teachers’ program, developed by the researchers, on students’ achievements. The study was conducted with six high school physics teachers and 306 students in Turkey. The professional development intervention lasted for seven weeks, and teachers had 21 hours of professional development regarding modern physics at high school level. The results of ANCOVA showed that there was a significant effect of the teacher-led PD for teachers program on students’ achievements. The successful implementation indicated that the teacher-led PD for teachers program possesses effective characteristics of professional development and can improve student achievement.
Updated: Aug. 17, 2020
The authors undertook this systematic review in order to find out the impact of blended learning on academic achievement and attitudes at teacher education programs in Turkey. 21 articles and 10 theses complying with all pre-determined criteria were included in this review. The authors found that blended learning that the majority of the studies confirmed that blended learning had a positive impact on attaining academic course outcomes. They also found that a blended learning environment contributed to pre-service teachers developing positive attitudes towards the courses. In addition, they also concluded that face-to-face aspects of the courses were favoured considerably asthey enhanced social interaction between peers and teachers. The authors recommend that pre-service teacher education curricula be modified by infusing ICT into the entire program through blended learning rather than delivering isolated ICT courses. They suggest that this may thus serve as catalysts for prospective teachers to integrate the use of ICT in their own teaching.
Updated: Aug. 11, 2019
This study aims to examine Turkish pre-service teachers’ experiences related to a two-month international teaching and cultural experience in United States. The findings revealed that pre-service teachers perceived the international teaching experience helped them develop professionally and personally.In this programme, the participants had a chance to observe student-centred teaching approaches and collaborative/cooperative learning strategies while observing their mentor teachers. Later, the participants were able to teach lessons that were observed by their mentors. The opportunity to practice in US helped the participants to improve their teaching confidence and skills during the internship.
Updated: Jul. 22, 2018
This study explores the projected classroom management strategies of Turkish pre-service early childhood education (ECE) teachers before they entered the teaching profession. The results revealed that all of the participants had a fear of being unable to manage their classes before starting their careers because they felt unprepared. However, all the participants related rather positive classroom management experiences once they had their own classrooms.
Updated: Jul. 01, 2018
This study aimed to determine the effects of microteaching on the sense of self-efficacy in teaching of a group of special education pre-service teachers’ in comparison with the effects of traditional teaching. The findings revealed that the sense of self-efficacy in teaching of the participants in both the control and experimental groups increased. An important result was that the sense of self-efficacy of the participants in the experimental group increased at a statistically significant level when compared with that of the participants in the control group.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2018