Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, vol.16, no.1, pp.271-286, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
This research aims to determine teacher candidates’ value perceptions and their opinions on the
acquisition of values to teacher candidates, in education faculties. In the research, a survey model was
used to describe an existing situation. In this context, a questionnaire was applied to 2274 teacher
candidates. Research results show that the value perceptions of male teacher candidates are lower than
female teacher candidates. The value perceptions of teacher candidates who chose the teaching
profession because they had to, were lower than those who preferred it because they loved it.
Perceptions of teacher candidates about the acquisition of values are low in the sub-dimensions of
understanding and empathy, and medium in the other sub-dimensions. Teacher candidates’
perceptions of the values that teachers should have are quite high in all sub-dimensions. Despite this,
the scores regarding the acquisition of the same values in education faculties are statistically
significantly lower and middle levels. These results indicate that the values cannot be gained enough
in education faculties. Various suggestions were made in line with the research findings and results,
and recommendations were made for future research.