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Issues in Educational Research, 2020, Vol 30(2), 397-419.
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Relationships between teachers' professional values, attitudes, and concerns about the profession in Turkey

Osman Aktan
Ministry of National Education, Turkey

Çetin Toraman
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey

Şenol Orakcı
Aksaray University, Turkey

This study utilised a relational screening model to explore the relationships between teachers' professional values, attitudes, and concerns towards the teaching profession, and whether or not teachers' professional values predict their attitudes towards the teaching profession when the level of concern is taken as a mediator variable. As data collection tools, the Professional Values Scale for Teaching Profession, Anxiety Scale for Teaching Profession, and Attitude Scale for Teaching Profession were administered to 712 teachers from Düzce province in Turkey. From the results we derive a strong recommendation about enabling undergraduates considering teaching as a career to better develop and strengthen their commitment to this profession. More policies should also be developed to improve the status and society's valuing of the teaching profession, as well as increasing the quality of pre-service training of teachers, and the continuing professional development of current teachers, in order to decrease their professional concerns.
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Authors: Osman Aktan received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Gazi University. He has published several book chapters, articles and conference papers on inclusive education, special education, social acceptance, teacher education, and curriculum and instruction.
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6583-3765
Email:karakteregitimi@gmail.com

Çetin Toraman received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Gazi University and in Research Methods and Statistics in Education from Eskişehir Osmangazi University. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Turkey. His research interests are medical education, measurement and evaluation in education and curriculum and instruction.
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5319-0731
Email: toramanacademic@gmail.com

Şenol Orakcı is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Aksaray University in Turkey. His research interests are teacher education, learner autonomy, thinking skills and curriculum and instruction.
ORCID: 0000-0003-1534-1310
Email: senolorak@gmail.com

Please cite as: (2020). Relationships between teachers' professional values, attitudes, and concerns about the profession in Turkey. Issues in Educational Research, 30(2), 397-419. http://www.iier.org.au/iier30/aktan.pdf


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