Pre-service English Teachers’ Career Development Aspirations: Professional Development and Leadership

Zeynep Ölçü Dinçer, Gölge Seferoğlu


This mixed-methods study was conducted to investigate pre-service teachers’ career development aspirations with an emphasis on their leadership motivations and plans about professional development. A cohort of 672 senior prospective English teachers answered the questionnaire and 88 of them were interviewed. Inferential and descriptive statistics were employed for quantitative data, and qualitative data were thematically analyzed. Leadership aspirations of teacher candidates were found to be moderate, and mainly affected by observations as learner. Participants’ professional development motivations were high but they had very limited knowledge about it. Unexpectedly, a remarkable number of interviewee had no idea about professional development. Finally, no significant difference was found between universities.


Keywords: Career development aspirations; pre-service teachers; leadership aspirations; professional development plans

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