An Investigation of the Attitudes and Competence Perceptions of First- and Fourth-Year Pre-service Physical Education Teachers Regarding Teaching

Mümine Soytürk, Özden Tepeköylü Öztürk


The aim of this study was to investigate the attitudes and competence perceptions of first- and fourth-year preservice physical education teachers regarding teaching. A total of 262 preservice physical education teachers, of whom 126 (%48,1) were in the first year and 136 (%51,9) were in the fourth year ( (age)=21,06±2,15) participated in the study. The “Attitude Toward Teaching Scale” (ATTS) and “Preservice Teachers’ Self-Efficacy Perception Scale” (PTSEPS) were used as the data collection tools, and a “Personal Information Form” (PIF) was used to obtain the independent variables of the study. The T-test and Pearson correlation test were used in the data analysis. As a result of the analyses, it was observed that the attitudes of the first-year students towards teaching were more positive than those of the fourth-year students. Competence perceptions were found as high in the fourth grade. According to the gender factor, significant difference was observed in both attitudes towards teaching and perceptions of competence between first- and fourth-year. When the relationships between the two dependent variables were examined, it was determined that there was a moderate positive correlation between the attitudes and competence perceptions of both the first-year students and the fourth-year students with regard to teaching. In order for preservice teachers to maintain a positive attitude towards teaching, it is considered that they should be supported with curricular training programs during the student period, and through in-service training throughout their professional lives after graduation.

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