Volume 2 - Issue 1

January 2015

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Career and Talent Development Self-Efficacy Scale: Adaptation and Validation in the Turkish Population

Mehmet Emin Turan Eyüp Çelik Murat İskender
Pages: 1-8

The aim of the study is to adapt and conduct reliability and validity studies of the Career and Talent Development Self-Efficacy Scale. Participants were 1047 students in İstanbul. To assess content validity, expert consultancy was utilized and to assess construct validity confirmatory factor analysis was utilized. Reliability of the scale was examined with Cronbach’s Alpha, split-half reliability, test of upper and lower 27% of the groups in terms of item mean differences. Confirmatory factor analysis results showed that chi-square was significant (χ2 = 719.30, SD = 130, p = .00); and fit indices were as follows RMSEA = .066, GFI = .93, AGFI = .91, CFI = .93, IFI = .93, NFI = .91, RFI = .90, SRMR = .041. According to the model results provided a good fit to the data and factor structure in the Turkish form was parallel to the original factor structure. In terms of reliability, internal consistency reliability was. 92 and split-half reliability was. 86. Furthermore, corrected item total correlations were ranged between. 49 and. 67 and all the differences between upper and lower 27% groups were significant. The results of the analysis supported the conclusion that the Turkish form of Career and Talent Development Scale is a reliable and valid measurement tool.

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Music Performance Anxiety Scale for High School Students: Validity and Reliability Study

Uğur Doğan Mehmet Palancı
Pages: 9-17

This study aims to develop a Music Performance Anxiety Scale (MPAS) for high school students, and to conduct a validity and reliability study. In this respect, a scale will be developed to be used for high school students (adolescents), and differences between the genders will be examined. The study was conducted on 546 high school students. Of these students, 185 (33.9%) were male, 361 (66.1%) were female, and the average age was 16.81 with the ages ranging from 15 to 20. Correlational values of the scale items among themselves and with item totals were examined as a preliminary analysis. As a result of the EFA’s principal components technique, promax rotation technique and the analyses, a construct with three factors explaining a total of 42.74% of the total variance was attained. The structure attained was validated by CFA, and fit indices were found to be within the acceptance interval. In the reliability study, Cronbach’s alpha internal consistency coefficient was calculated as .86 for the entire scale, 27% for the lower-upper group comparison and test-retest analyses were conducted. The t-test was performed to attain the difference between genders. As a result of the study, a valid and reliable scale was seen to have been developed and a difference between the genders was apparent.

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The Attitudes of Prospective Teachers towards Homosexuality: A Case Study in Konya

Nurten SARGIN Osman CIRCIR
Pages: 17-24

Sexuality has played a natural and significant role in human life throughout history and the interpretations of the values related with sexuality have varied in time and place (Pınar ve diğ., 2009). Homosexuality is also interpreted in various ways. In the modern Turkey, homosexuals are among the discriminated and marginalised groups (Gelbal ve Duyan, 2006; Oksal, 2008). This study tried to determine the attitudes of prospective teachers towards homosexuality. The aim of the study is to investigate whether the attitudes of the participants vary according to gender, age and domains. Regarding this aim, the following research questions were put forward: Do the attitudes of the participants vary according to gender? Do the attitudes of the participants vary according to age? Do the attitudes of the participants vary according to domains? The study group was comprised of 488 students who were studying at Ahmet Kelesoglu Education Faculty, Necmettin Erbakan University, in Konya, Turkey in the academic year 2011-2012. The number of female participants was 319 and the number of males was 169. The age of participants was between 19 and 22. The Attitudes towards Lesbians and Gay Men Scale (ATLG) and Personal Information Form were used as data gathering instruments. As regards the studies into gender variable, males have been found to have more negative attitudes than females. As for the findings related with age variable, 21-22 year old participants were found to have more positive attitude towards homosexuals than other age groups. The findings about the domain of the participants showed that the students with equal-weighted had more positive results towards homosexuality.

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Dear Academicians/Researchers, International Journal of Psychology and Educational Studies(IJPES) is a high quality open access peer reviewed research journal. IJPES providing  a platform for the researchers, academicians, professional, practitioners and students to impart and share knowledge in the form of high quality empirical and theoretical research papers and case studies. IJPES welcomes and acknowledges high quality theoretical and empirical original research papers, case studies, review papers from researchers, academicians, professional,  practitioners and students from all over the world.

 

IJPES is inviting you to submit your paper for Vol. 2 Issue 2 which is scheduled to be published on May 01, 2015.

With thanks,
Dr. Murat İskender
Chief Editor,

International Journal of Psychology and Educational Studies