Author(s): Tuncay DUMAN, Abdullah G├ťLL├ť, Co?kun YILMAZ, Selmani AB??
The study has been aimed to examine the attitudes and academic self-efficacy levels of the physical education and sports teacher candidates in the Middle Black Sea Region towards the teaching profession. A total of 404 volunteers, 248 in the 3rd grade and 156 in the 4th grade, between the ages of 18-29 participated in this study. 196 of the participants were women and 208 were men. In the data collection process, a personal information form consisting of 8 questions, the Academic Self-Efficacy (ASE) scale developed by Ekici (2012) and the Attitude Scale Towards the Teaching Profession (ASTTP) developed by Ünver et al. (2008) were used. Statistical analysis of the study has been performed using the SPSS 22.0 statistical program. Percentage and frequency have been used as descriptive values. Kolmogorov-Smirnov test has been used to control the normal distribution. Independent T-test, one-way variance analysis, and Tukey correction test have been used for statistical analysis. Statistical results were evaluated at a significance level of p<0.05. When comparing ASE and ASTTP according to classes, although 4th classes got higher scores in the cognitive, social, and technical dimensions, a significant difference was found only at the social dimension level (p<0.05). No significant difference has been found at both levels according to gender and regular exercise. Comparison of ASE and ASTTP by age, it has been calculated that there has a significant correlation in the cognitive dimension (p=0.046). According to the provinces, although there has no significant relationship in the cognitive and social dimensions, it has been calculated that there has a significant relationship in the technical dimension (p=0.039) and in the ASTTP parameters (p<0.001). As a result, grade level and gender have been not found to affect ASE and ASTTP sub-dimensions, while it has been found that the city of study affected the levels of ASE and ASTTP. Course contents to improve professional attitude levels can be added to the curriculum of Physical Education and Sports.