Investigation of Teacher Candidates’ 21st Century Learner Skills via PAMS

Tuncer Akbay, Sadık Yüksel Sıvacı, Lokman Akbay

Abstract


In this study we aim to examine the latent profiles of teacher candidates’ 21st century learner skills. In other words, we intend to discover the profiles of participant groups who hang together in terms of 21st century learner skill scores. The data are gathered from students who enrolled in either undergraduate programs in the school of education or pedagogical formation certificate programs. For data collection purposes, we used the 21st century learner skills usage inventory. In order to achieve our goal, profile analysis via multidimensional scaling approach is employed. Data analysis resulted in two-dimensional solution indicating two major profile patterns. Students whose observed patterns are similar to the first major profile tend to have lower ability in cognitive processing and coding of information and realization of the products. They tend to have higher abilities in self-management, self-control, designing more flexible learning environment, and adaptation of new technology. These students are expected to be better at collaboration-based activities. Students whose observed patterns are similar to the second major profile are expected to be good at self-management, self-control and they are expected to have higher self- and collaborative-learning abilities.

Keywords


Multidimensional scaling, Profile analysis, PAMS, The 21st century learner skills.

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