Analysing instructors view regarding the efficiency of the Turkish history subjects presented in Turkey social studies textbooks

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Şeker M. , İlhan G. O.

Educational Research and Reviews, vol.10, no.1, pp.92-100, 2015 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5897/err2014.1949
  • Title of Journal : Educational Research and Reviews
  • Page Numbers: pp.92-100


Just like it is the reflex of each nation to teach its own history to the next generations, it is essential that

our country is also able to identify the sufficiency level of the Turkish history within the framework of

developing a programme. Through this study, the parallelism between the social studies teaching

programme within the education process and the textbooks and the instructors’ views regarding the

way the Turkish history subjects are presented and the discussion of solution suggestions about these

issues is aimed. Towards this end, the opinions of the instructors of Social Studies have been taken. In

the study, questionnaire technique is used, and it has been established that the Cronbach alpha

reliability coefficient of the scale is 0,89 (α = 0,89), and the results obtained from the scale have been

analysed and interpreted through SPSS 15. The Social Studies teachers make up the universe of the

study, and the instructors who teach 6th and 7th grade social studies in some towns of the city of

Istanbul comprise the sample of the study, who were chosen by means of random method. According

to the results of the study upon the views of the Social Studies teachers, it is realized that the textbooks

of the Turkish history subjects and the way they are presented in the education programme and the

methods and techniques employed in this issue are insufficient, and that the teachers fail to pay

enough attention to benefiting from films, documentaries and various literary products throughout the

education-teaching process. In the research, it is emphasized that students are particularly more

interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire and the recent history, that the instructors are

inadequate in terms of making use of the additional materials in the education-training processes, and

that the textbooks fail to provide sufficient suggestions about the use of various teaching strategies in

the education-teaching processes. In the textbooks, which are indispensable for the education-teaching

processes, the materials that address the learning styles of students are not included sufficiently.