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Contemporary Approaches in Education

Edited By Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan

Contemporary Approaches in Education presents papers of the Fifth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Sixth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey. The contributions deal with a wide range of educational issues, namely teaching and learning, educational policy and school psychology.
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Opinions of Women Teachers regarding not having Postgraduate Education

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Introduction

The role of the teacher, who is one of the strategic parts in the education system (Karslı, 2004), increases gradually nowadays mostly because of the extensive use of new technologies. Especially in the developed countries that understood the importance of this, people actively search for more qualified teachers. Thus, master and doctorate programs that can be attended after getting an undergraduate degree are quite effective in providing this additional professional qualification.

Postgraduate education is identified as an education which consists of master and doctorate degrees, is based on undergraduate education, and offers proficiency in art, medicine and training-education, scientific research, and in the related areas that are necessary for these domains (YÖK, Postgraduate Education Bylaw, M.2. and M.3). Postgraduate education is an education program that trains the postgraduate student to improve his or her potency through providing more information and activities than the undergraduate education. By these means, the student may acquire an in depth understanding of his or her field of research (Köksalan, İlter and Görmez, 2010). Postgraduate education has four functions that are: education-training, research and development, psychosocial, and socio-economic. In teacher training, postgraduate education contributes to improving the teacher’s mastering of these four functions (Erkılıç, 2007).

The quality of the teacher as a person organising and directing the process is important in the education system (Güzel, Özdöl and Oral, 2010). Improving teacher qualities helps to create a qualified type of person that...

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