Comparisons of prospective physical educators' work motivation, concerns and dogmatism: during the professional preparation process



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Fuller hypothesized that the prospective teachers' concerns toward teaching were hierarchically arranged beginning with primary concern for self. Once these concerns were met, the prospective teacher ultimately becomes concerned with managing situational tasks and helping students learn. Fuller suggests that these concerns can be met through a professional preparation program. Psychological needs are related to concerns which may not change if high dogmatism exists within the individual. The nature of differences should be seen in the hierarchical ordering set forth by Fuller, so that students do indeed advance from lower concerns for self to higher concerns for students and tasks. The purpose of this study was to determine if differences existed in the concerns, work motivation, and dogmatism of prospective physical educators as they entered and advanced through the professional preparation program.