Investigation of the Academic Motivation Level of Pre-Service Teachers During The Covid-19 Pandemic: The Case of Bursa Uludag University


Oğuz Duran N., Demirbatır R. E. , Arpağ B.

12th Eurasian Conferences on Language & Social Sciences, Jekaterinburg, Russia, 18 June 2021, pp.144-146

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Jekaterinburg
  • Country: Russia
  • Page Numbers: pp.144-146
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, education continued through different on-line applications in universities. Despite the positive benefits of the use of technology in education (e.g. ensuring social distance during the pandemic), there are also some negative effects which may negatively affect the motivation of students who receive on-line education. Motivation is an essential element in the learning processes and success of students. Student, teacher or school-related motivation problems is the most important problem that needs to be solved in educational settings, since motivation problems reported to be caused many negative affective, cognitive, emotional, physical or social consequences. Additionally, the lack of motivation seen on either side of the teacher-student interaction also reduces the motivation level of the other side. In this respect, examining the motivation levels of educators is important in terms of maintaining and developing motivation in educational environments. This study, a part of a larger project supported by Bursa Uludağ University Research Fund to investigate university seniors across Turkey during the Covid-19 pandemic, aimed to examine the academic motivation level of pre-service teachers. The convenience sampling method was used in the study. Data were colected from 120 senior Faculty of Education students studying at Bursa Uludag University (80.8% female, 19.2% male). The Turkish version of the Academic Motivation Scale (AMS) developed by Vallerand et al. and a Personal Information Form developed by the researchers for this study were used in the study to collect data. The instruments were distributed through an on-line survey tool in the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. Independent sample t-test was used in data analysis since the AMS scores was detected as normally distributed. The academic motivation level of students was examined according to their gender, whether they were diagnosed with Covid-19, whether there were someone 542 infected with Covid-19 in their immediate environment, and whether they stay in quarantine due to Covid-19. No significant difference found between the groups in any of the analyzes performed. Therefore, none of the varibles examined in the study detected as a potantial factor that could have an impact on academic motivation level of pre-service teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic.