Variation among schools on classroom practices in science achievement in TIMSS-1999

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Abstract

Th e purpose of this study is to evaluate pre-service teacher training of a faculty of education based on graduates’ responses. Th e teachers who were the graduates of this institution and currently have been practicing teaching in schools. Th e study used an instrument entitled as the Pre-Service Preparation of Teachers to Teaching. Th e instrument was developed by Darling-Hammond (2006). Th e sample of this study included 228 teachers who were the graduates of Faculty of Education in Marmara Region and were teaching in elementary and secondary schools around Turkey. A Confirmatory Factor Analysis was carried out for validity of the instrument. Five factors were emerged. Th e results of CFA indicate a good fit. Cronbach alpha and split-half reliability procedures were used to establish reliability. Th e subscales were found to be reliable. Th ese factors were highly and positively correlated with each other. Th e teacher responses were compared on these five factors based on gender, experience, teaching level, location of the school, number of students in classroom and school, socio-economic status of schools, and whether teachers had a master’s degree or not. t-tests and one-way ANOVAs conducted to see whether there were diff erences among groups. Teachers indicated that the pre-service training they had received in the faculty of education prepared relatively well on supporting diff erent learning styles. Secondly, they rated equally program and teaching and teaching and learning competencies. Th ey rated professional development the third while they rated their preparation as the lowest on creating a productive classroom. Recommendations were made based on these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113
Number of pages1123
JournalJournal of Research in Science Teaching
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Teacher Training
  • Pre-Service Teacher Training
  • Teaching Practice
  • Faculty of Education
  • Teachers

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