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The general aim of this study is to find out the way how the primary school class teachers evaluate the candidates, what their expect from the candidates and the effectivenes of the teaching training program being conducted in Ataturk Teacher Training Academy (AOA) to fulfill these expectations. The study is carried out by phenomenology, a qualitative method. Descriptive and content analysis were used in order to analyze the data. Study group is composed of three different dimensions. In the first dimension, a total of 52 teachers (2 school masters and 50 teachers), who had teaching practice students in their classes in last three years, had served during 2013-2014 and served in 5 different state primary schools that are in collaboration with AOA in the context of Teaching Practice Lessons. In order to analyze the data obtained from the views of these teachers, 15 teachers of AOA and 15 teachers that have graduated from AOA in 2012-2013/ 2013-2014 academic season form the second and third study groups respectively. Research findings were studied and interpreted in the framework of 4 main topics which are field knowledge, basic professional attitudes, effective communication and teaching abilities.
Keywords: teacher training, candidate teacher, class teacher, primary school, North Cyprus.
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