Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions about the Effects of the Educational Courses on Their Teaching Practice

ID: 33058 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Turkan Karakus, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  2. Hatice Sancar Tokmak, Mersin University, Turkey

Thursday, March 10 3:25-3:45 PM Location: Kingsley

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Abstract: This study aims to investigate teacher candidates’ opinions about the effects of background experience coming from educational courses on their point of view of being teacher and preparing them to their profession. Eight teacher candidates were observed in their teaching practice hours and interviewed about educational courses and influences of those courses on teacher candidates’ practical skills. Results showed that educational courses provided several affective teaching skills like being aware of importance of being well-prepared for each class, being calm for unexpected situations and understanding children. On the other hand practical background of teacher candidates is not enough to apply different strategies for different contextual issues. All of them had same class structure although they teach different topics and they challenged finish all content while providing classroom management.

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