problem in teaching profession: Qualities teacher candidates
feel to be required of teachers
Education Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey.
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Accepted 28 September, 2011
The primary objectives of this research were to explore if
teacher candidates studying in teacher training programs at
the undergraduate level have had teachers who they perceived
to be effective, the characteristics of these teachers that
underlie the perception of effectiveness, and whether these
teachers have had any influence in the students’ selection
of teaching profession and their program of study. The
research sample is composed of 554 teacher candidates
(undergraduate students) studying at various departments of
the College of Education of Ondokuz Mayıs University. The
sample composition is 352 female and 203 male students. Of
the students comprising the sample, 269 are freshmen and 285
are seniors. Personal Data Form and Effective Teacher
Qualities Survey, both of which developed by the researcher,
were used for data collection. Results obtained through data
analysis reveal that 94.8% of teacher candidates have had
teachers they perceived to be effective in their educational
experience, spanning from elementary school to university.
The ratio of having effective teachers have been found to be
higher for females compared to males, senior year students
compared to freshman year students, and in the Department of
Foreign Language Education compared to other departments. Of
the sample, 57% of teacher candidates have indicated that
the teachers they perceive to be effective have had an
influence on their choice of profession and program of
study. This influence is observed to be higher for females
compared to males. While the majority of the teacher
candidates expressed preference for “warm, kind, sincere,
friendly, sociable and familiar” teachers; most frequently
top ranked effective teacher characteristics was,
“enthusiastic, excited about teaching, dynamic, and
motivates students to learn”. The highest ranked teacher
characteristics varied based on teacher candidates’ gender,
current grade level, and department of study.
Teacher candidate, teacher effectiveness, effective teacher.