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European Journal of Educational Research, v1 n3 p225-240 2012

This research investigated perceptions, feelings and thoughts of early childhood teachers, working at university campus childcare centers in Turkey, regarding their profession and job. Understanding how they make the meaning of challenges, issues, difficulties, and enjoyment, and then connecting those to their job satisfaction, burnout, and stress were the goals. A total of nine early childhood teachers participated in the study. Using a phenomenological research design, two semi-structured focus group interviews, lasting about two hours, were conducted. Results showed that, overall, campus childcare teachers in this study enjoyed working with children despite their challenges of working with parents, low pay, and long and uncompensated work hours. The quality of the relationship with parents seems to have a very powerful effect on teachers' job satisfaction and on their motivation. On the other hand, their love for children and passion about their work as well as having positive work environment help them re-build their motivation. Their personal and collective efficacy helps maintaining their dedication and commitment to the profession.

Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Child Care, Child Caregivers, Caregiver Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Working Hours, Teacher Salaries, Job Satisfaction, Phenomenology, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Universities, Teacher Motivation, Preschool Education, Child Care Centers, Work Attitudes, Qualitative Research

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Autor: Dagli, Ümmühan Yesil; Ceylan, Remziye


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