An Investigation of Preservice Teachers’ Academic Self-Efficacy and Academic Motivation

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The purpose of this study is to determine the academic self-efficacy and motivation levels of preservice teachers and to investigate these cognitive aspects in terms of various variables. The participants of the current study consist of 621 preservice teachers studying at Necmettin Erbakan University Ahmet Keleşoğlu Faculty of Education in 2020-2021 academic year. The study adopted a single survey model. Research data were collected using Academic Self-Efficacy Scale and Academic Motivation Scale. Independent sample T-test and one-way ANOVA were used to analyze the data. The findings of the study revealed that the academic self-efficacy and academic motivation levels of the preservice teachers were high; academic self-efficacy did not reveal any significant difference according to gender and year of study variables. It was found out that the academic motivations of the participants revealed significant differences according to gender, year of study, academic achievement, and career expectation variables.

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