An evaluation of English language curricula implemented at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in respect of teachers' opinions


Asıl Danışman (Eş Danışmanlı Tezler İçin): Hatice Gülru Yüksel


The issues of curriculum development and evaluation have profound importance in the field of education and have been the subject of many researches so far.The present study is also one of the curriculum evaluation researches and was carried out with the aim of evaluating the English Language Curricula implemented at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades of Key Stage I and II. The curricula were evaluated in the light of the English language teachers? opinions on the curricula? general characteristics and the components of goals and objectives, content, teaching/learning process, and evaluation.To conduct the study, a questionnaire was designed and applied to the English language teachers who implemented the curricula at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades of the primary state schools in Burdur province and its sub-provinces in the 2008-2009 academic year. 70 English language teachers participated in the study.The data that were gathered through questionnaires were analyzed by means of SPSS 15.0 (The Statistical Package for Social Sciences). In addition to frequency and percentage analysis of the items, the relation among the independent variables was analyzed by means of T-test and ANOVA (One-Way Analysis of Variance). Besides, some interviews were carried out with the teachers.The results showed that although the teachers have moderately positive opinions towards the curricula implemented at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, they point out that the curricula have some weak aspects such as inadequate teacher manuals and class hours per week, some unachievable goals and objectives, intense content, some methods and techniques which are above the students? age and linguistic levels, and insufficient evaluation explanations and examples.The teachers emphasize that these weak aspects should be revised for a better implementation, and they make some suggestions for the weaknesses of the curricula.In conclusion, this study presents valuable data to the field of education and gives feedback to curriculum developers, teachers, researchers, and educationalist.Key Words: curriculum, curriculum development, curriculum evaluation