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pp. i - vi | DOI: 10.29329/jirte.2022.436
Original ArticlesTeachers’ Viewpoints on the Content of Social Studies Textbooks Prepared in accordance with 2018 Curriculum Revision
Serkan Kırca & Fatih Yazıcı
pp. 1 - 19 | DOI: 10.29329/jirte.2022.436.1
The purpose of this study is to examine teachers' opinions on the contents of the fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade social studies textbooks. Designed as a qualitative case study, this research employs 25 social studies teachers working in the province of Tokat and having at least 5 years of professional experience. A semi-structured interview form consisting of six questions aiming to reveal various aspects of the textbooks such as accuracy, harmony, density, suitability for the level of the student, language, and expression of the content. The content analysis method was used in the analysis of the data. At the end of the research, the participants directed some criticisms to the social studies textbooks in terms of information inaccuracies, inconsistency between themes, content density, unsuitability for the level of the students, and deficiencies in language and expression. When the textbooks prepared by the Ministry of National Education are compared with those of the private publishers, it is seen that the teachers emphasize more disadvantages of the textbooks prepared by the Ministry of National Education.
Keywords: Social Studies Teaching, Textbook Content, Teacher Opinions.
An Examination of Primary School Teachers’ Opinions on Environmental Education and the Activities They Use to Teach Related Issues
Sevde Nur Karagül & Begüm Karakuş
pp. 20 - 36 | DOI: 10.29329/jirte.2022.436.2
This research aims to examine the activities used by primary school teachers to create environmental awareness in students based on awareness, knowledge, attitude, skill, and participation, which are the aims of environmental education, according to teachers' opinions. In the research, an instrumental case study, one of the qualitative research models, was conducted to determine the opinions of primary school teachers on environmental education. The convenience sampling method was preferred in determining the study group. The study group of the research consists of 24 different primary school teachers working in primary education institutions affiliated with the Ministry of National Education. What activities and opinions of primary school teachers were used in the formation of environmental awareness in children and their opinions were taken using the semi-structured interview form developed by the researchers. The responses given to the interview form were analyzed using content analysis. The findings obtained from the opinions of primary school teachers about the activities they use in environmental education are classified based on the aims of environmental education and presented under categories. The prominent results of the research regarding the activities applied in environmental education, it is seen that the classroom teachers mostly implement in-class activities. According to the results of the research, it is recommended to give environmental education as a separate course to provide more effective environmental education.
Keywords: Environmental education, Environmental education activities, Primary school teachers.
An examination of Theses and Dissertations on Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language: A Documentary Analysis of Studies Carried out Between 2008 and 2020
Fatma Gül Kılıç
pp. 37 - 49 | DOI: 10.29329/jirte.2022.436.3
This study aims to determine the approaches, strategies, methods, and techniques used in quasi-experimental theses and/or dissertations related to teaching Turkish as a foreign language. The documents examined in this study were retrieved from the Council of Higher Education Thesis Centre database. The keywords “Turkish for foreigners” and “Turkish as a foreign language” were used in the database search. As a result of the database search, a total of 50 quasi-experimental theses or dissertations that included information about the approaches, strategies, methods, and techniques were accessed. The basic qualitative research design was employed in the study. The examined documents were limited to those conducted between 2008 and 2020. The document analysis method was used to collect data. Using descriptive analysis, the data were classified based on the sub-problems. It was determined that there were differences in the distribution of approaches, strategies, methods, and techniques in theses and/or dissertations related to teaching Turkish as a foreign language and that most studies were carried out on teaching techniques. In addition, it was found that most of the applications in the theses and/or dissertations were for the independent user level and that the researchers mostly preferred the areas of writing skills and vocabulary in their applications. Another finding of this study is that attributing equal importance to four basic language skills, the number of experimental studies on teaching Turkish as a foreign language has been increasing.
Keywords: Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language, Graduate Theses, Quasi-experimental Theses.
Review of Positive Psychology Applications in the Field of Education (Argumentative Essay)
Ahmed Gamal Ahmed Gawas
pp. 50 - 57 | DOI: 10.29329/jirte.2022.436.4
Positive psychology emerged at the end of the twentieth century as a new trend in psychology. This new trend focuses on the positive traits and strengths of a person. It also argues that psychology aims not only to treat mental illnesses or problems but also to promote positive values, behaviours, and concepts. This paper focuses on the interventions and applications of positive psychology in the field of education. The most prominent forms and types of positive psychology interventions in education were reviewed through four types. They are (1) teaching positive psychology, (2) training students for positive skills, (3) enhancing positive skills for teachers, and (4) interventions to improve the school environment. For each type of intervention of positive psychology in education, there was one application addressed in this review. Finally, it was recommended to adopt educational strategies that concentrate on positive concepts and promote positive educational behaviours in the school environment.
Keywords: Positive psychology, positive education, positive interventions, positive application.
The Palgrave handbook of History and Social Studies Education (Book Review)
pp. 58 - 61 | DOI: 10.29329/jirte.2022.436.5
The study aims to review the book titled “The Palgrave Handbook of History and Social Studies Education,” edited by Christopher W. Berg and Theodore M. Christou.
Keywords: Education, social studies, history, book review