Volume 2 - Issue 3

July 2013

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Investigation of Adolescents’ Internet Use Motives

Pages: 1-15

The study was carried out to determine the internet motives of adolescents. In addition, the relationships between adolescents’ internet motives and their gender, academic achievement, duration of internet use, locus of control and problematic internet use levels were investigated. A total of 351 adolescents participated in the study. The findings revealed that adolescents’ stated their basic internet motives as obtaining information (18.20%), chatting (17.5%), spending free time/using the internet due to boredom (17.2%), having fun (16.9%), playing games (11.4%), using for both homework and other activities (10.1%), and doing homework (8.8%), respectively. Moreover, the findings pointed out that female adolescents preferred internet to do homework more while male adolescents preferred the internet to play games more. In addition, the adolescents’ basic internet motives differed in terms of the duration of internet use, locus of control, and problematic internet use level significantly while there was no significant difference in terms of academic achievement.

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Assessment of Social Problem Solving with Respect to Emotional Intelligence

Pages: 16-32

This study was aimed at analyzing the relationship between emotional intelligence and social problem solving skills. The sample consisted of 774 (366 females; 408 males) pre-service teachers who study different departments of the Faculties of Education and Technical Education, and department of physical education and sports teaching of School of Physical Education and Sports at Mugla Sıtkı Kocman University. Emotional intelligence levels and social problem solving skills of pre-service teachers were measured using the Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (Bar-On, 1997) and Interpersonal Problem Solving Inventory (Cam & Tumkaya, 2007). Pearson product-moment correlation analysis and structural equation modeling were employed to analyze data. Emotional intelligence was found to be significantly correlated with social problem solving skills.

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Opinions of the Parents and the Principals on the Attitudes of Principals towards Mainstream Education (Sample of a County in West Black Sea Region in Turkey)

Pages: 33-45

In this study the opinions of the principals of 31 primary schools in a county of West Black Sea Region and of 55 parents whose mainstreamed children are attending to these schools are asked to determine the attitudes of the principals towards mainstream education. Surveys prepared by the researchers to be used in this paper were conducted both to the parents and to the principals. While the survey for the principals consists of 50 questions 6 of which are two-point-Likert and 44 of which are five-point-Likert, the one for the parents consists of 32 questions 4 of which are two-point-Likert and 28 of which are five-point-Likert. The descriptive survey model was used for this study. The data were analyzed with SPSS package program on significance level of 5%. As a result of this study it was found out that mostly mentally retarded children are educated in these schools, the facilities of the schools for disabled students aren’t sufficient and there is a significant difference between the perceptions of parents and principals on attendance of the students and between the communication of the principals and the parents. Besides, the principals who have participated in-service training on mainstream education are more likely to support and more enthusiastic and more positive about mainstream education than the ones who have not. Furthermore, the principals, who have a handicapped relative or acquaintance, seemed to behave more sympathetic towards mainstreamed students and towards their parents than the principals who do not have.

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An Investigation of Career Indecision Level of High School Students: Relationships with Personal Indecisiveness and Anxiety

Pages: 46-58

The main aim of this paper is to examine whether high school student’s personal indecisiveness and state-trait anxiety can be used to predict their indecision with regards to their careers. This study also investigates the effects of other factors, such as gender, school type, grade level, decision status and how much help they receive, on the career indecision of high school students. The study group consists of 319 students (197 female and 122 male) in high schools. Multiple Regression Analysis and t test were used to analyse the data. Together, exploratory indecisiveness scale scores and state anxiety scale scores accounted for a significant proportion of the variance (20%) of career indecision. Exploratory indecisiveness is shown to be the most powerful predictor of career indecision. It was found that career indecision scores and five sub-scale scores of the students varied significantly when decision status and school type were considered.

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Relationships of Various Social Psychological Variables with Primary Teachers’ Job Satisfaction

Yener ÖZEN
Pages: 59-82

The present study was conducted to determine the relationship among job satisfaction and social psychologial variables of government primary school teachers. Two questionnaires were used to determine the relationship between organizational climate and teachers’ job satisfaction. There was no significant relationship among organizational climate subscales, which showed that subscales were independent of each other. There was significant relationship between job satisfaction factors that showed that job satisfaction factors were dependent of each other. Supportive principal behavior and directive principal behavior were found to be significantly correlated with job satisfaction; on the other hand restrictive principal behavior was found no significantly correlated with job satisfaction. Collegial teacher behavior and intimate teacher behavior were found to be significantly correlated with job satisfaction; on the other hand disengaged teacher behavior was found no relationship with job satisfaction.

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Observations of Preschool Teacher Candidates about Health Conditions and Security of Kindergartens

Pages: 83-96

In this research, it is intended to determine and evaluate the safety and health conditions of independent kindergartens. An observation form was prepared by researchers, who went to 10 different kindergartens in 3 central Bursa districts, and 100 teacher candidates were asked to fill this form. The findings show that bathroom sinks and toilets, toys, garden toys, school staircases, school doors, entrances and exits, emergency kits, installation and environmental safety are appropriate for school safety and health conditions. However, when the school furniture was investigated, it was determined that its negative and positive results are almost equal. The playgrounds of children are close to the exit gate of the school, there are also small materials among class toys around the same place, and garden toys are partially safe and health equipment has been found insufficient.

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