QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: THE PRE-SERVICE EFL TEACHERS’ OPINIONS ON TEACHING PRACTICIUM

Bu çalışma uygulama okullarında Öğretmenlik Uygulaması dersini alan İngilizce aday öğretmenlerinin öğretmenlik uygulaması, uygulama öğretmeni, uygulama öğretim elemanı ve aday öğretmenlerin öz performans değerlendirmeleri ile ilgili görüşlerini ortaya çıkarmak amacıyla yapılmıştır. Araştırma 2015-2016 eğitim-öğretim yılında Balıkesir Üniversitesi Necatibey Eğitim Fakültesi İngilizce Öğretmenliği Anabilim dalında Öğretmenlik Uygulaması dersini alan 37 aday öğretmeni kapsamaktadır. Bu nitel çalışmada veri toplama aracı olarak katılımcıların öğretmenlik uygulaması, uygulama öğretmeni, uygulama öğretim elemanı ve katılımcıların öz performans değerlendirmelerini içeren açık uçlu sorulardan oluşan bir anket kullanılmıştır. Bu çalışmada ikinci olarak mülakat ve son olarak katılımcıların duygu ve düşüncelerini yazdıkları deneme yazıları nitel veri toplamak amacıyla kullanılmıştır. Çalışmanın sonucu aday öğretmenlerin gerçek sınıf ortamında İngilizce öğretmeleri sayesinde birçok farklı konuda tecrübe kazandıklarını ortaya koymuştur. Çalışma aynı zamanda aday öğretmenlerin öğretmenlik uygulaması, uygulama öğretmenleri, uygulama öğretim elemanları ve kendi performanslarını değerlendirme konusundaki olumlu görüşlerinin olumsuz görüşlerine göre daha ağır bastığını ortaya çıkarmıştır. Çalışma katılımcıların olumlu ve olumsuz görüşlerinin nedenlerini ortaya koyması bakımından literatürdeki diğer çalışmalardan farklılık göstermektedir. Çalışmanın sonucu, aday öğretmenlere iyi nitelikte bir eğitim verme sorumluluğunu Eğitim Fakültelerindeki Yabancı Diller Bölümleri ile Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı’nın birlikte paylaşmaları gerektiğini ortaya koymuştur. Bulguların ışığında uygulamaya yönelik bazı tavsiyelerde bulunulmuştur.

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH: THE PRE-SERVICE EFL TEACHERS’ OPINIONS ON TEACHING PRACTICIUM

This study was conducted to explore the opinions of pre-service EFL teachers about Teaching Practicum, practice teachers, teacher trainers and their self-evaluations of their performance. The sample group consisted of 37 pre-service EFL teachers taking Teaching Practicum in the department of English Language Teaching, at Balıkesir University, Turkey in the 2015-2016 academic year. The data collection instruments were a questionnaire, which was composed of open-ended questions about the pre-service EFL teachers’ opinions on the course itself, practice teachers, teacher trainers and about their own self-evaluations of their performance as well as in-depth interviews and essay papers which included the participants’ views and opinions. The results indicated that the pre-service EFL teachers seemed to have experience on a wide variety of issues thanks to teaching English in real class settings. The study showed that their positive opinions on aforementioned issues outweighed the negative ones. Since the study revealed the causes of their positive and negative opinions, it differed from the previous studies in the literature. It was concluded from the results that the departments of foreign language teaching in the faculties of education and the Ministry of National Education should share the responsibility of offering good quality training to pre-service teachers. In the light of the findings, some practical recommendations were noted. 

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