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AUTONOMY AND READINESS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: HOW DO PRESCHOOL TEACHERS PERCEIVE THEM?


Čepić, Renata; Tatalović Vorkapić, Sanja; Šimunić, Željka
AUTONOMY AND READINESS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: HOW DO PRESCHOOL TEACHERS PERCEIVE THEM? // .), EduLearn2018 Proceedings, 10th Annual International Conference of Education and New Learning Technologies / Gómez Chova, L. ; López Martínez, A. ; Candel Torres, I. (ur.).
Palma de Mallorca, Spain: IATED, 2018. str. 1319-1327 (predavanje, međunarodna recenzija, cjeloviti rad (in extenso), znanstveni)


Naslov
AUTONOMY AND READINESS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: HOW DO PRESCHOOL TEACHERS PERCEIVE THEM?

Autori
Čepić, Renata ; Tatalović Vorkapić, Sanja ; Šimunić, Željka

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u zbornicima skupova, cjeloviti rad (in extenso), znanstveni

Izvornik
.), EduLearn2018 Proceedings, 10th Annual International Conference of Education and New Learning Technologies / Gómez Chova, L. ; López Martínez, A. ; Candel Torres, I. - Palma de Mallorca, Spain : IATED, 2018, 1319-1327

ISBN
978-84-09-02709-5

Skup
10th Annual International Conference of Education and New Learning Technologies

Mjesto i datum
Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2-4.07.2018

Vrsta sudjelovanja
Predavanje

Vrsta recenzije
Međunarodna recenzija

Ključne riječi
Professional development ; Professional competencies ; Preschool teacher ; Teacher autonomy

Sažetak
This paper is based on the contemporary understanding of the profession and professional development of preschool teachers, which implies professional dedication to one’s own learning, autonomy, responsibility, dynamic understanding of learning, reflective thinking, cooperation, and connection with the social community. Achieving professional autonomy is a very important (possibly even the most important) component of the new vision of the teaching profession, which also has the intention of fostering innovation and strengthening the professionalism of the teaching profession. The readiness to engage in professional development would encourage or permanently motivate preschool teachers to take part in self-regulated professional development. Professional development of preschool teachers is understood as a process during which the teacher establishes and maintains the highest level of professional qualification (s)he is capable of achieving and the readiness for professional development as a tendency to intrinsically or extrinsically differentiate different activities for the purpose of professional training and development. Considering the gap in the research related to the topic of potential relationship between preschool teachers’ perceived sense of autonomy and willingness to participate in professional development, the aim of this paper is to find answers to the following questions: Identify the main incentives and obstacles in the professional development of preschool teachers and the contribution of professional development to their professional autonomy and responsibility ; Is there a significant relationship between the perception of the degree and importance of autonomy and their readiness to engage in professional development? ; Can the perception of the degree of autonomy in work and the importance of autonomy in work predict the readiness of preschool teachers to engage in professional development? 79 preschool teachers employed in six public preschools of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County participated in this research. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire that included an adapted Scale of Readiness for Professional Development. Descriptive analysis of the results has shown that preschool teachers assessed with relatively high values the degree and importance of autonomy in their work. Correlation analyses point to significant positive correlations between External motivation for development and Negation of the importance of development for the quality of educational work, and between the Awareness of the importance of development for the teaching profession, Keeping up with modern developments, and Self-initiatives for development. The results of the linear regression analysis have shown that the degree of autonomy in work is a significant predictor of external motivation for development, keeping up with modern developments, and self- initiative for development, while the importance of autonomy in work has proved to be a significant predictor of keeping up with modern developments. Even though this is a preliminary research study, it is the first one and the findings provide significant implications for preschool teachers’ training and development programs for professional autonomy and responsibility.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Obrazovne znanosti (psihologija odgoja i obrazovanja, sociologija obrazovanja, politologija obrazovanja, ekonomika obrazovanja, antropologija obrazovanja, neuroznanost i rano učenje, pedagoške discipline)



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Ustanove
Učiteljski fakultet, Rijeka