Investigation of the Relationship between Social Connectedness Level and Just World Beliefs of Prospective Teachers
This study aims to determine the relationship between social connectedness level and just world belief of prospective teachers in terms of various variables. This study adopted a correlational survey model. 318 volunteer prospective teachers from Department of Visual Arts and Music Education at Faculty of Fine Arts, and Department of Physical Education at Faculty of Education of Ankara and Gazi Universities participated in this study. The General Just World Belief Scale developed by Dalbert (1999) and adapted to Turkish by Göregenli (2003) and the Social Connectedness Scale developed by Lee and Robbins and adapted to Turkish by Duru (2007) were used as a data collection tool. As a result of the research, it was determined that the general just world beliefs of the prospective teachers were at a moderate level and their social connectedness was low. In addition, the general just world beliefs and social connectedness levels of the participants in the 1st and 2nd grades were significantly higher than those in the 3rd and 4th grades. There was no significant relationship between general just world beliefs and social connectedness levels of prospective teachers.