Teaching Profession Attitudes and the Anxiety towards Mathematics Teaching of Turkish and Kosovan Teachers

Bunyamin Aydin, Dilek Sezgin Memnun

Abstract


Kosovo needs some improvements about its education system and requires some essential and rapid changes in teachers' attitudes towards their profession and in teacher training. Attitude and anxiety are important components that affect the success in profession life and teaching of them. Because of that, the aim of this research is to examine the attitude towards teaching profession and the anxiety towards mathematics teaching, and to explore the differences between the attitude and the anxiety levels of Kosovan and Turkish teachers. The attitude towards teaching profession and the anxiety towards mathematics teaching scales were applied to a total of 64 teachers with this aim. A total of 29 of these teachers were from Turkey while a total of 35 of them were from Kosovo. These teachers were determined randomly from the teachers working in Turkey and Kosovo. At the data analysis stage, firstly total points were divided into the items for each scale and then average points were calculated separately for each one. After that, descriptive statistics and variance analysis were applied to the average points. After the analysis of the data, it was understood that there was not a significant difference between the anxiety towards mathematics teaching of Kosovan and Turkish teachers while there was a significant difference between their attitudes about teaching profession. Besides, it was indicated that Kosovan teachers had a higher level of attitude towards teaching profession than Turkish teachers. Additionally, there were significant relationships between the attitude towards teaching profession and the anxiety towards mathematics teaching not only for Turkish teachers but also Kosovan teachers.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ire.v6i2.13192

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