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The Analysis of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies Prospective Teachers’ Mind Maps Relating to Their Profession (The Case of Gazi University)

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Author(s): Serçin KARATAŞ

Journal: Journal of Kirsehir Education Faculty
ISSN 1302-5007

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 159;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: CEIT teacher | Mind maps | Prospective teacher’s considerations about their professions

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study is to analyze the professional perspectives of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies (CEIT) department prospective teachers. Predetermining prospective teachers’ potential problems will handle to the solution ways of these problems after graduation. In this manner, necessary measures could be taken focusing on different variables. So, this study thereby is believed to contribute to the literature. The data were collected during the 2007-2008 academic year at Gazi UniversityDepartment of CEIT with 28 fourth year students who are asked to create a mind map about the concept “CEIT teacher” served as the data collection instrument. The mind maps, examined by content analysis, were categorized under 8 headings; teaching characteristics, personality characteristics, interests/jobs; technology, computer, perspectives about the department, health and about future concerns. As for teaching characteristics, prospective teachers mentioned the need to have good communicationskills for the CEIT teacher, and for personality characteristics to have positive statements. The favorite job of prospective teachers’ interest is web/graphic designer. Some CEIT prospective teachers worry about their future and some of them are anxious about their health.
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