The purpose of this study is to measure the expectations regarding the course on “Geography of the Turkic World”, an elective course given in the Social Studies Education Departments of Education Faculties in Turkey, of the students who opt for it, and the extent to which the course met these expectations. The research was conducted in the faculty of education, department of social studies education from a University in İstanbul. Sample group of the study consists of 17 prospective teachers of social studies who had selected the course on Geography of the Turkic World. The study covering the 2015 spring term was conducted in a total period of 16 weeks. In the research, mixed method was used and concurrent/parallel design was utilized.
Quantitative and qualitative data was collected concurrently so as to consist variation
among each other. In the qualitative dimension, data was collected through open
ended questions, while in the quantitative dimension data was reached via pre-tests
and post-tests. Collected data was analysed through content analysis in the qualitative
dimension, and through t test in the quantitative dimension. According to the results
deduced from the data obtained from the study, it has been detected that perceptions
of the students regarding the Turkic World changed positively, their knowledge and
levels of interest increased, Turkic Culture had expanded to a greater area than they
thought and that they realized many misconceptions they had.
Keywords: Change in perception; Course on geography of the Turkic World;
Education; Turkic culture; Turkic world; Social studies education