Basic factors that affect general academic motivation levels of candidate preschool teachers

Celikoz N.

World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.1357-1365 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.240
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1357-1365
  • Keywords: Preschool education, motivation, teachear training, factors affecting the motivation


The purpose of this study is to investigate some personal and familial factors that affect overall academic motivation levels of candidate preschool teachers. The study group of this research consists of 285 students (candidate teachers) attending the child development and preschool education department at Selcuk University Faculty of Vocational Education in the 2007-2008 academic year. General Academic Motivation Scale was used to collect data. The scale, which was composed of two factors, namely intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, was able to account for the total variance at a rate of .67 while Cronbach's Alpha Reliability Coefficient was found to be .97. Multiple regression analysis was performed in order to determine the factors that affected candidate teachers' intrinsic and extrinsic motivation levels. According to the data obtained from the study, the (1) intrinsic motivation levels of candidate teachers are affected by their reason to choose the school, the probability of finding a job after graduation, order of preferences, future expectations, distinctive power of testing and measurement activities at school and their desire to do master degree, while their (2) extrinsic motivation levels are significantly affected by the variables of the probability of finding a job, attitude towards the teacher, social circle, level of income, appropriateness of the classrooms, efficiency of the educational material and number of siblings. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved