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Teamwork skills of preschool teachers and preschool teachers' assistants

Ivana Jakša (2018) Teamwork skills of preschool teachers and preschool teachers' assistants. MSc thesis.

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    Team work is a skill professional workers have to learn and develop. This cannot be achieved merely by studying professional literature, but is rather obtained with practice. Competences that contribute to better team work efficiency and performance are only developed through straightforward team work. The motivation for team work is related to individual’s psychological needs that are fulfilled within a team and on which the team’s atmosphere depends on. Possible obstacles and conflicts in a team need to be solved regularly, therefore it is important how individuals perceive them and which methods of solving them they use. Mutual team goals and strategies are impossible to achieve without a positive co-dependence of all team members. The goals that are set by a particular team should be in accordance with educational goals and children’s needs. In addition, professional workers in kindergartens need to be made aware of the need for constant personal and professional development of teachers, since better developed teamwork skills contribute to a more efficient team work which guarantees better educational performance with children. Emotional competency is comprised of several skills that are a part of personal and social skills. It is a manifestation of emotional intelligence and is as such not a consequence of an individual’s seniority, but rather a result of multiple personal factors pertaining to an individual, which are then applied to develop an inner self-awareness of emotions as well as the ability to empathize with other human beings and master an entire array of social skills. This master’s thesis studies the team work skills of preschool teachers and preschool teacher’s assistants and tries to establish how emotionally competent they feel when working directly as a part of a team. The sample includes 120 preschool teachers and preschool teachers’ assistants from different Slovenian kindergartens that answered the survey questionnaire. The analysis of obtained data showed new possibilities and starting points for improvement in the field of professional worker’s team work in a kindergarten. The research revealed certain differences in team work skills and emotional competence of professional workers regarding their work position but not their seniority. The statistical analysis showed no significant differences between preschool teachers and preschool teachers’ assistants regarding their years of service as professionals. Team work skills are not defined by seniority of practice but rather by the level of education. The latter, along with the practice which is a part of the university program, is a key element that influences their skill development, because it contributes greatly to better interpersonal relations and team work. The research also indicates statistically significant differences in the emotional competence of professional workers that is not related to their years of service, but to their work position. The results show that there are statistically significant differences in emotional competency between preschool teachers and preschool teachers’ assistants. Interviewed teachers have demonstrated more emotional competency than teachers’ assistants, which could be interpreted as a difference in the level of education. The statistical analysis has shown that the emotional competency of an individual at team work is statistically significantly related to the development of team work skills (r = 0,39). I have discovered that preschool teachers are more likely to perceive developed team work skills in other team members than the preschool teachers’ assistants and will more clearly identify differences in the level of education of individual team members. Preschool teachers are also more diligent than assistant teachers when it comes to ensuring that different position of team members does not negatively affect the quality of teamwork. Teachers, unlike teachers’ assistants, have estimated the teamwork skills within their respective teams as adequate, which is another statistically significant difference.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: team work, kindergarten, preschool teachers and preschool teachers’ assistants, team work skills, emotional competency
    Number of Pages: 91
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Alenka PolakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12007753)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5081
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 07:38
    Last Modified: 29 May 2018 07:38
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5081

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