Does Higher Education Curriculum Contribute to Prospective Teachers' Attitudes, Self-Efficacy and Motivation?

Morana Koludrovic, Ina Reic Ercegovac


In Croatia, another comprehensive reform of the education system is being implemented. Although it proposes a
number of reforms to the school system, we think that providing better training to future teachers during their studies
would further contribute to the quality of education. The initial education of elementary and high school teachers is
considerably different in terms of the number of courses where teaching competences are acquired, i.e. teaching
courses, and the number of classes of these courses students take every week. Therefore, the initial hypothesis of the
study was that students who take more teaching courses will prefer a democratic atmosphere, and will be more
intrinsically motivated, more self-efficient and more satisfied with their course of study as compared to students who
take fewer of these courses. A series of questionnaires was given to 383 students at teacher education institutions at
the University of Split to examine their academic self-efficacy, motivation, satisfaction with the studies and to assess
the quality of teaching atmosphere. The obtained results confirm the hypothesis that future teachers who take more
teaching courses prefer a democratic atmosphere and are intrinsically more motivated. When explaining future
teachers’ attitudes towards a democratic teaching process, the predictive role of self-efficacy and satisfaction with
the course of study was not determined.

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World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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