Who are the future teachers in Turkey? Characteristics of entering student teachers

AKSU M., Demir C. E., DALOĞLU A., YILDIRIM İ. S., Kiraz E.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, vol.30, no.1, pp.91-101, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier


This exploratory study examines the background characteristics, socio-cultural values and pedagogical beliefs that entering student teachers bring with them into the faculties of education and explores their possible implications for teacher education in the Turkish context. The study comprised 18,226 first-year student teachers from 51 faculties of education who participated in the study by responding to a three-section questionnaire developed by the research team. Their responses indicate that students entering education faculties typically come from families of lower-middle socio-economic status living in urban areas, tend to possess more traditional than secular-rational values and have not yet formed clear pedagogical beliefs. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.