Analysis of the Postgraduate Theses Completed in the Field of Teacher Education Programs

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Number of pages: 1107-1125
Year-Number: 2021-Volume 13, Issue 4

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Although there are many variables in teacher training process, the most important components are teachers, prospective teachers, teacher educators and teacher education programs. Many articles and thesis studies are done on teacher education programs among these components. This study aims to analyze the postgraduate theses completed on the subject of teacher education programs. Descriptive research design was used in the study. 310 postgraduate theses on teacher education programs which were completed between 1988 and 2020 and are open access on the database of National Thesis Center were included in the study. In the analysis of the postgraduate theses determined, document analysis was used. The distribution of the theses according to universities, institutes, departments, subjects, research methods, research designs, samples, and data collection tools was examined and the relevant findings were presented in tables. Based on the findings, it was determined that the theses on teacher education programs were generally completed in METU, institutes of educational sciences and department of educational sciences. It was found that the subject mostly studied was teacher qualifications or prospective teacher qualifications. Qualitative and quantitative research methods were used equally in the theses. In addition, it was determined that survey model was used at the most as research design and prospective teachers were included mostly as sample in the theses. Interview forms were mostly preferred as data collection tool in the theses.

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