Volume 6- Issue 2

April 2017

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A Study on Guidance Teachers’ Organizational Commitment Through Path Analysis with Prediction Intervals of Professional Quality of Life and Self-esteem

Pages: 1-16

This research aims to use the path analysis method as a structural equality analysis to analyze the counselors working at public institutions in Turkey so as to determine if their organizational commitment is predicted based on the levels of quality of life and self-esteem. So as to achieve this purpose, a study was conducted with the participation of 207 counselors working on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, Turkey, and the Pearson correlation coefficient and the path analysis were used to examine the acquired data. The established organizational commitment model concluded that the professional quality of life directly predicted organizational commitment, while the self-esteem indirectly predicted the professional quality of life. Lastly, it was obtained that the most powerful predictor for the professional quality of life was compassion fatigue, and burnout failed to meaningfully predict it.

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Minority and Creativity: Identifying Age, Gender, and Personality Difference in Creative Problem-Solving Ability Among Minority Individuals

Pages: 17-29

Ability to "think outside the box" required to restructure the problem by stepping out of the current activated cognitive schemas which is different among individuals. This difference were less paid attention among minority groups. This study examined the association between Big Five personality traits and a creative problem-solving task, Duncker candle problem, among a sample of international students. Results show; (1) gender and age were not significantly associated with the creative solution; (2) a high degree of Openness to Experience and Neuroticism linked with solving the problem among both male and female students, and (3) Extraversion and Agreeableness are shown to be differently associated with both gender’s ability to solve the problem. Overall, implications of these results in academic environment were discussed.

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