The relationships among attitudes toward teaching, liking of children and occupational anxieties of prospective teachers
Deniz Deryakulu, Ankara University, Faculty of Educational Sciences (Turkey)
Raziye Dursun Sancar, Ankara University, Faculty of Educational Sciences (Turkey)
The main purpose of this studyis to examine the relationships among attitudes toward teaching, liking of children, and occupational anxieties of prospective teachers. A total of 166 prospective teachers participated in the study. Of the participants 64% were female, and 36% were male. The mean age of the participants was 22.32 (SD = 2.94). In the data gathering phase of the study, Barnett Liking of Children Scale (adapted by Duyan & Gelbal, 2008), Attitude Scale for Teaching as a Profession (Erkuş, Sanlı, Bağlı, & Güven, 2000), and Occupational Anxiety Scale (Cabı & Yalçınalp, 2013) were administred to the participants. Results showed that there was a low negative statistically significant correlation between liking of children and attitudes toward teaching (r = -.217; p = .005) whereas there was a low positive statistically significant correlation between liking of children and occupational anxiety (r = .188; p = .015). Results, on the other hand showed that there was no significant correlation between attitudes toward teaching and occupational anxieties of prospective teachers. According to gender, independent t-test comparisons showed that female prospective teachers reported higher levels of liking of children than male counterparts (p = .06), whereas male prospective teachers have more positive attitudes toward teaching than female counterparts. Implications are discussed.