Academic journal article College Student Journal

Evaluation of Teacher Candidates According to the Organization People Pattern

Academic journal article College Student Journal

Evaluation of Teacher Candidates According to the Organization People Pattern

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The teacher profession is an occupational area that related to the social, cultural, economic, scientific and technological dimensions of education and requires professional qualifications and subject-matter expert knowledge and skills in such areas (Sisman & Acat, 2003). Teachers constitute a significant part of the problems associated with education systems and so it is necessary for them to have professional qualifications. These professional qualifications of teachers, depends on general culture, subject knowledge, teaching profession knowledge, and skills.

Besides, teachers' professional qualifications, and their personality characteristics are also important. Teachers should have desired personality characteristics if they want to be a role-models to their students (Yazici, 2006). As stated by Yazici (2006), if teachers are not good role-models and do not have these characteristics, they lead to loss of available student qualifications. Moreover, teachers' negative personality characteristics, also lead to students being completely distinct from lessons and school and fail in their academic life (Erden, 1998). Moreover, Dundar (2009) examined elementary school teacher candidates' motivations for choosing the teaching profession, beliefs about teaching, and satisfaction with the choice. Results showed that the decision to choose the teaching profession was most influenced by the social utility values that elementary school teacher candidates held; however, elementary school teacher candidates did not choose the teaching profession as a last-resort career (Dundar, 2009).

Therefore, it is necessary to carefully evaluate whether teaching profession is appropriate for the personalities of TCs. Hence, at this point "People Patterns" become important. (Staddon, 2016; O'Connor & Seymour, 2011)

Woodsmall and Woodsmall (2003) state that all human beings are creatures of habit, and these habits lead to consistent patterns of behavior. These patterns are called "People Patterns". People Patterns assert that modelling approach has to be done for choice of profession or employee. According to this approach, common characteristics of the most successful individuals working in the profession is determined, and so a typology is created. It is referred to this typology when choosing the employees or professional counselling (Woodsmall & Woodsmall, 2003).

According to Woodsmall and Woodsmall (2003), People Pattern Power consist of nine patterns: change, primary interest, information, evaluation, decision, motivation, motive, activity and organization. Each pattern has specific feature, and a test is used to determine the pattern.

"Organization Pattern", one of the nine patterns, states that people differ in the way they organize their time and space. For this pattern, power questions is "Are they always on time or early or habitually late?". According to Woodsmall and Woodsmall (2003), individuals in the organization people pattern, are examined in two groups: "Structurist" and "Free spirits" behavior patterns. Structurists are people who lead very organized lives. They enjoy tidiness, being programmed and certainty in their lives. On the contrary, the individuals with free spirits behavior patterns like sudden decisions, possibilities and improvisations. They prefer to live their lives spontaneously, as the wind blows, so to speak. They live as they want.

Caliskan et al. (2017) developed a rating scale that could be used to evaluate behavior paterns of the organization people pattern by using Woodsmall and Woodsmall's theory. They obtained the final scale of 15 items consisting of three factors: planners, solution-oriented and prescriptive behavior patterns unlike two factors: structurist and free spirits behavior patterns, in the theory. They observed a contradiction between practice and theory. Thus, we provided a new idea related to behavior patterns of the organization people pattern. …

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