Volume 5 Issue 1

January 2016

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Counseling Needs of Medical Students at the Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Abdolhussein Shakurnia Nasrin Khajeali
Pages: 1-13

Consultation needs assessment for medical students is the first step to identify, plan and organize students advising process at universities. The aim of this study was to assess the consultation needs of medical students at Ahvaz Jundishapur University of medical sciences in Ahvaz, Iran. This cross-sectional study was conducted on 270 medical students. We collected data by a questionnaire including 30 questions in five areas. The most important of counseling needs for medical students were as: personal needs, educational needs, mental and emotional needs, family and marriage needs and occupational needs. The results showed significant differences in consultation needs of medical students with respect to gender and place of residence. The findings may provide useful information and options for policy makers, planners and decision makers to provide advisory services to medical students at universities more appropriately

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Exploring the Experiences of Award Winning Teachers in Counselor Education: A Qualitative Inquiry

Allison Buller
Pages: 14-28

Using qualitative methods, the author engaged ten counselor educators who had previously been identified as excellent teachers in an examination of the experiences that contributed to their development as faculty in counselor education. Personal qualities of participants were explored and seven common themes emerged: (a) pride in teaching, (b) demonstrating care, (c) challenging students, (d) authenticity, (e) passion for teaching, (f) organization, and (g) creativity. Implications for these findings on teaching in higher education will be discussed.

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Investigation of Psychometric Properties of Career Adaptability Scale

Ali Eryılmaz Ahmet Kara
Pages: 29-39

Work-place and work-life is one of the most important domains that individuals survive. Thus, it is important that individuals should love their jobs and be productive. At this point, some studies which increase career adaptability are needed. The aim of the present study is to develop and investigate the “Career Adaptability Scale”. This study carried out 270 (162 of them female and 108 of them male) primary, secondary and high school teachers who work in Eskişehir. To investigate the psychometric properties of the scale, explatory and confirmatory factor analysis, some reliability and validity analysis were conducted. According to results, the scale of Career Adaptability which has two sub-dimensions that are named “Career Exploration” and “Career Planning” has significant and important psychometric properties. Thus, it may be concluded that it is valid and reliable instrument. Some studies may be carried out in the future with the help of this instrument.

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A Comparison of Formal Educational Systems between Turkey and Tanzania

Ali Salim Ali
Pages: 40-56

Different decades have witnessed dissimilar emphases on education systems, and brought to the field of new perspectives for scholarly exchange. This can be seen in Turkey nowadays where the education system is more centralized and improved compared to other African countries like Tanzania. The purpose of this study is to compare the two systems of education between Turkey and Tanzania from pre-primary to secondary school level. Comparisons were made on the general goals of education, finance, training programs, government support, students paying fees and age criteria. The classic model of Bray and Thomas for comparative educational analysis was used. The two systems were compared by documentation in the tabular form. The results show that the Tanzania education system of 1+6+4+2+3+ differs compared to that of Turkey 4+4+4 in various dimensions, even though there are few similarities among them.

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The Relationship between the Life Satisfaction, Hope and Anxiety of Final Year Students

Filiz Gültekin Ahu Aricioğlu
Pages: 57-74

This research investigates the relationship between the levels of life satisfaction, hope and anxiety of the faculty of education senior students. In the study, the life satisfaction, and the levels of hope and anxiety of the faculty of education senior students were compared in terms of their department, gender and the graduation possibility. 478 students in various departments of the faculty of education participated in the research. Satisfaction with Life Scale, State Hope Scale and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were administered to the students during spring semester of 2013-2014, and fall semester of 2014-2015. Data analysis was performed on 438 valid forms. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used in order to determine the relationship between the levels of life satisfaction, hope and anxiety of the students, while Kruskal-Wallis and Mann Whitney U tests were applied in order to find out the differences between variables. It was determined that the levels of life satisfaction, hope and anxiety of the senior students vary by the departments, and that the constant level of anxiety is higher among girls and the senior students who fail to graduate. There is an intermediate positive level (r=.51, p<0.01) of the relationship between the levels of life satisfaction, hope, and a negative correlation between the levels of state anxiety (r=-.43, p<0.01) and trait anxiety (r=-.41, p<0.01) of senior students.

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