SOURCES OF LECTURER ASSISTANTS’ TEACHING ANXIETY IN TEACHING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY COURSE: A QUALITATIVE INTERVIEW STUDY

Nenden Octavarulia Shanty

Abstract


This study aimed at examining the sources of teaching anxiety of Instructional Technology lecturer
assistants in the teaching process (i.e., before, during, and after giving the lecture). Therefore, a
qualitative interview study was chosen to achieve this research goal. In qualitative interview study,
interviews were conducted with four lecturer assistants in the faculty of education, Middle East
Technical University (METU). Two of them were involved in the pilot study and two others were
involved in the main study. The interview topics include the source of teaching anxiety, the reason
of teaching anxiety and how to overcome teaching anxiety. The result of study showed that there
were four sources of teaching anxiety experienced by the assistants, namely assistants’ ability in
teaching and its relation with their subject matter knowledge, what to do in case they made
mistakes or they could not answer students’ questions, students’ liking of them and the desire to
satisfy the main lecturer. Furthermore, to overcome the teaching anxiety, the assistants tried to
learn the materials and learn the program that they taught intensively to enhance their subject
matter knowledge. Moreover, assistants’ effort and assistants’ self confidence played important
role in overcoming their teaching anxiety.


Keywords


Source of teaching anxiety, the reason of teaching anxiety, overcoming teaching anxiety.

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