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Contemporary Approaches in Education and Communication

Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Içbay, Alejandro J. Gallard and S. Lizette Ramos

This book presents a collection of papers written by researchers, teachers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of social sciences. The scientific studies include a wide range of topics from the analysis of social science textbooks to the teacher image in newspapers, the relationship between self-efficacy and cognitive level and the role of organizational silence on the loneliness of academics in work life.

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Analysis of Teacher Candidate Students’ Basic Skills According to the Views of Students and Practicum Teachers (Davut Hotaman)


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Davut Hotaman

Analysis of Teacher Candidate Students’ Basic Skills According to the Views of Students and Practicum Teachers

Abstract: Societies place their hopes for the future upon their well-educated younger generations. Actualisation of this hope is directly related to youths obtaining a good education, with the presence of qualified staff. The aim of this study was to examine the contribution of the “School Practice” course on raising “qualified teachers.” The qualitative research design was implemented by the case study technique, which is effective in describing the current situation. Data was obtained through the “structured interview,” which had six thematic dimensions, on the oriented sample. The study group was comprised of two middle and two high schools from the European side of İstanbul, where 16 students and 16 practicum teachers were taken as the sample and the data were analysed by content analysis.

Findings noted that according to the middle school students, teacher candidates’ communication, content area knowledge, teaching, and classroom management skills were good, but their assessment skills were medium and planning skills were poor. On the other hand, according to high school students, teacher candidates’ content area knowledge and assessment skills were good whereas their communication and teaching were medium and planning and classroom management skills were poor. In case of practicum teachers, middle school teachers described teacher candidates’ content area knowledge and planning skills as good, communication, teaching and assessment skills as medium and classroom management skills as poor...

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