Motivation to become a teacher Perspectives of Turkish Prospective Teachers of English

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Atay D., Kaşlıoğlu Ö. , Kurt G.

International Conference New Horizons in Education, Lisbon, Portekiz, 12 - 14 Mayıs 2011, ss.585-590

  • Yayın Türü: Bildiri / Tam Metin Bildiri
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Lisbon
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Portekiz
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.585-590


Teachers affect their students‟ lives, worldviews and the way they learn to a great extent and

play a very significant role in their academic lives. They also have a fundamental responsibility

in transmitting a society‟s culture and values to younger generations. Considering the role of the

teachers in shaping students‟ lives and their contribution to societies, it is critical that we develop

an understanding of the reasons affecting individuals‟ decisions to become a teacher. The aim of

the present study is to profile and compare the background characteristics and teaching

motivations of Turkish prospective teachers (PTs) of English enrolled in a four-year teacher

education program of a state university in Turkey and in a one-year certificate program of the

same university. Data came from “FIT-Choice” (Factors Influencing Teaching Choice) Scale

adopted from Watt & Richardson (2007).