The Views of Primary School Teachers on their own Professional Proficiency and Professional Development: A Turkish Profile

By Ayse Mentis Tas.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This study aims to determine the views of teacher trainees about their professional proficiency and development. This is a qualitative study carried out according to scanning method. The subjects of the study are 94 volunteer senior teacher trainees studying at Primary Teacher Training Department of Education Faculty, Selcuk University. The study was carried out in the first term of 2007-2008. In the study, teacher trainees were asked three open-ended questions to collect data. The participants were firstly asked whether they find themselves professionally proficient. Secondly, their opinion was asked as to whether they would need professional development and thirdly, they were asked what they were going to do to develop professionally. In the analysis of data, frequency, percentages and descriptive analyses were used. The findings of the study are given under three headings; “Teacher trainees’ views about their professional proficiency”, “Teacher trainees’ views about their need for professional development”, and “Teacher trainees’ views about the ways they will use to meet their professional development needs”. According to the findings of the study, the senior Primary School teacher trainees do not consider themselves adequately sufficient and they believe that they will need to develop themselves professionally.

Keywords: Professional Proficiency, Professional Development, Teacher Trainee

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp.241-246. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.329KB).

Dr. Ayse Mentis Tas

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Department of Primary Education, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey

I was born in Turkey and got my MA and PhD curriculum development. I am currently working at Faculty of Education, Selcuk University. I am interested in social studies teaching and teacher education.


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