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A survey about the opinions of student physics teachers, supervisors and mentors on practice teaching course

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2005
Çetin Seçkin, Nihan
The purpose of this survey is to describe the opinions of student physics teachers registered in the Practice Teaching Course, supervisors giving that course for physics education students in the Secondary Science and Maths Education Departments of Education Faculties in Turkey and the mentors of student physics teachers at co-ordinating schools on practice teaching course. After reviewing the related literature, three prallel questionnaires were developed depending on the formal directive of Ministry of National Education (MEB) and the handbook of Higher Education Council (YÖK) about practice teaching. The research was conducted on 142 student physics teachers registered in the Practice Teaching Course in 2004- 2005 spring semester and 14 supervisors giving this course in 7 Secondary Science and Maths Education Departments of Education Faculties and 10 mentors in 7 co-ordinating schools in Turkey.. The analysis of data was made by using SPSS 10. According to the findings from the study, the formally stated responsibilities and procedures related with practice teaching in the directive do not overlap with the actual ones completely, participants do not carry out all their responsibilities as stated in the directive, physical conditions of co-ordinating schools are not adequate for teacher education, and insufficient number of supervisors in the faculties and lacking of co-ordination among the units in practice teaching cause many problems.