Dear Teacher Trainers, Education Scientists, and Educationalists,
A total of six articles, four of which are in English and the remaining two in Turkish have been published in the third issue of 2016 of the Journal of Teacher Education and Educators.
Maria Gkountouma and Maria Kouklatzidou aims to evaluate a training program developed for teachers’ professional development on new technologies applied in some of the schools in Greece. According to the results of the research, the professional development program was found to be successful at all phases. Results indicate that participants are motivated by their own interests and their professional development. They seem to prefer mixed learning, open communication in group studies if possible and discovering new tools by finishing what they started.
In the article entitled “The Effect of Activities Developed for Phonics and Acoustics Instruction on the Success Level of Physics and Music Teacher Candidates”, Filiz Gürer Yücel and Ahmet İlhan Şen examined the effects of sound and acoustics which are supported by the activities based on the relationship between physics and music, on physics student teachers’ and music student teachers’ achievements. In the research, experiment and control groups were chosen from students who were studying physics teaching and music teaching programs. The research shows that the achievement scores of experiment group in both physics teaching and music teaching are higher than the scores of control group.
The article by Anwar Ahmed Hussen, Sisay Awgichew W/Tegegn and Tamirat Zelalem Teshome, conducted to assess the status of Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching (PGDT) graduates commitment towards students learning, the community and their profession in Eastern Ethiopia, reveals that teachers’ commitment towards students learning, the community and their profession were low due to low salary, low respect, low attitude towards teaching profession, less motivation and less incentives.
In the fourth article entitled “The Effect of Explicit Instruction of Summarizing Strategy on Students’ Summarizing Skills” Bülent Alan examines the effects of direct teaching of summarization strategy on students’ achievement. With this purpose, Alan applied an achievement test to experiment and control groups as a pretest and posttest. The experimental process – the direct teaching of summarization strategy – showed that this strategy had a significantly positive effect on students’ summarization skills.
In their article about writing journals in a professional development program for Physical Education teachers’ reflective attitudes, Dania Aspasia, Bakali Alexandra, Marathou Matina and Mikeli Penelope found that the tendency of journal writing to progress from a technical perspective to a more critical perspective was consistent with the professional profiles and professional beliefs of each teacher.
The last article entitled Evaluation of Teacher Image on the Basis of Generations by Dinçer Ölçüm and Soner Polat examines the images of teachers from different generations based on students who are considered as Generation Z. According to the results of the research, Teachers of Generation Y were eager but inexperienced in modernity, elegance, communicating and professional skills. Teachers of Generation X, on the other hand, had a visually classical style, better communication skills and they are distant to students while professionally equipped and experienced, but they have controversial attitudes towards students. Finally, baby boomers were old-fashioned, distant to students, non-communicative, equipped based on knowledge, but reluctant.
I would like to thank all the authors who have contributed with their articles, the reviewers who have spared their efforts in the evaluation of those articles and the members of the science board, section editors and the technical support team for all their valuable efforts in the third issue of 2016 of the Journal of Teacher Education and Educators.
With a hope to be reunited with you in the following issues of the Journal of Teacher Education and Educators…