Perceptions of Pedagogical Courses in Preparing Future Teachers for the Real Classroom
The aim of this study is to reveal the perceptions of pre-service teachers on the effectiveness of the pedagogical courses they had throughout their formal education. For this purpose, 143 pre-service teachers who were about to finish their studies and to start their professional life were asked to evaluate the pedagogical courses in preparing them for their future profession. A questionnaire which had two main parts was developed in order to reveal pre-service teachers’ perceptions. In the first part, they indicated their ideas about the effectiveness of each pedagogical course such as Methodology Courses, Skills Teaching, Teaching English to Young Learners, Approaches to English Language Teaching or Practicum and in the second part, they wrote down their opinions regarding which aspects of teaching these courses were more effective in the actual classroom teaching. Pre-service teachers stated their opinions regarding aspects of various classroom teaching such as motivating students, time management, using classroom language effectively, etc. The results of the study present implications in adjusting teacher education programs in equipping future teachers with necessary skills and knowledge.
Keywords: Pre-Service Teachers, Perceptions, Effectiveness of Pedagogical Courses, Classroom Teaching
Assistant Professor, Education Faculty, Anadolu University
Faculty, on ELT (1989), MA degree at Bilkent University on ELT (1992), and PhD degree at Anadolu University on ELT (1999). She has been teaching various courses including critical reading, teaching English to young learners, methodology and individual differences in language learning, both at the BA and MA levels. She has participated in several projects related to pre-service and in-service teacher training, distance learning and virtual classroom. Her research interests also focus on language anxiety, teaching reading, individual differences, and teaching young learners.