Efficacy Belief of Social Studies Teacher Trainees about Character Education

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Character education is an approach that provides positive character development and that provides students with developing virtues and moral reasoning skill that they need in order to realize their potential completely. It provides that students develop positive attitude toward their environment and school and get some values, particularly, respect and responsibility. Therefore, understanding how pre-service teachers perceive themselves is important as character education is necessary in terms of individual and social development.
The research is limited to students at senior class at Social Studies Teaching undergraduate program of Education Faculties of Ankara and Gazi Universities during 2008-2009 academic years. The study population is students at Social Studies Teaching undergraduate program of Education Faculties of Ankara and Gazi Universities and the samples is composed of students at senior class.
The aim of this study is to determine teacher trainees’ sense of efficacy for the formation of students’ character, studying in Social Studies Department. Responses have been sought to the following questions:

1. Do 4th grade undergraduate students in Social Studies Teaching Department believe that they are adequate enough in character education directed to Personal Teaching Adequacy?
2. Is there any significant difference in terms of gender among 4th grade undergraduate students in Social Studies Teaching Department in character education directed to Personal Teaching Adequacy?
3. Is there any significant difference compared to universities between 4th grade undergraduate students in Social Studies Teaching Department in character education directed to Personal Teaching Adequacy?

The design of the study has been based upon the general survey method. Questionnaire technique has been used to obtain data for this study. Instead of forming a new questionnaire, “The character education efficacy belief instrument”, developed by Andrew J. Milson and translated by Halil Ekşi into Turkish, has been used.


Keywords: Character Education, Social Studies Teaching, Efficacy Belief
Stream: Teacher Training and Professional Development
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Cengiz Dönmez

Department of Elementary Education
Social Studies Teaching Program
Gazi Faculty of Education, Gazi University

Ankara, Turkey


Res. Assist. Dr. Ebru Avci

Department of Elementary Education
Social Studies Teaching Program
Gazi Faculty of Education, Gazi University

Ankara, Turkey


Ref: L09P1592