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An Investigation Of Pre-Service Preschool Teachers’ Occupational Anxiety Levels In Terms Of Different Variables

Ömer Beyhan, Nurtuğ Barişeri̇ and Yavuz Selim Şi̇şman
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Ömer Beyhan: Necmettin Erbakan University, Education Faculty, Educational Science Department, Turkey
Nurtuğ Barişeri̇: Necmettin Erbakan University, Education Faculty, Educational Science Department, Turkey
Yavuz Selim Şi̇şman: Necmettin Erbakan University, Academy of Foreign Languages, Turkey

Social Sciences and Education Research Review, 2018, vol. 5, issue 1, 59-71

Abstract: Can we train well-equipped teachers who can achieve expected education quality in schools in these days? Do teacher candidates feel ready for their profession? The occupational anxiety levels of pre-service preschool teachers must be observed regularly in order to let them improve their self-confidence about their profession and take precautions to foster their self-confidence. The aim of this study is to determine the occupational anxiety levels of pre-service preschool teachers and to investigate their anxiety levels in terms of teacher candidates’ gender and associate’s degree. A questionnaire was used as a data collection tool and quantitative approach was employed in this study. Questionnaires were conducted to 226 4th grade pre-service preschool teachers in Necmettin Erbakan University, Ahmet Keleşoğlu Education Faculty, Program of Preschool Education. Data of the study were collected with the Occupational Anxiety Scale, developed by Cabi & Yalçınalp (2013). Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 21.0 and data were analyzed using the percentage, frequency and Mann Whitney U tests. The study results revealed that the occupational anxiety levels of pre-service preschool teachers is not very high and they feel ready to perform their job. The most remarkable finding of the study is that pre- service preschool teachers have very high anxiety levels about finding a position in a public school in the future.

Keywords: occupational anxiety; teacher training; preschool teachers; perception (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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