The Teachers’ Perceptions about Implemention of Geography Courses
This study is related with the new primary curriculum (6, 7, and 8 grades) implemented in Turkey in 2004-2005 Education year. The aim of this study is to evaluate the appropriateness of the newly designed subjects of the geography courses, analysing it in accordance with the new curriculum with regard to Turkish National Education system.
Method: Investigation of teachers’ opinions with regard to the subjects of the geography courses in the new curriculum. The problem is divided into the following sub-problems:
What do teachers think about the sufficiency of the subjects of the geography courses in the new curriculum?
What the techniques, strategies, and materials do teachers use in teaching geography?
What do teachers think about the attitudes of the students regarding the subjects of geography in social sciences courses?
What difficulties do teachers have while teaching the subjects of geography in social sciences courses?
What suggestions do teachers offer to improve teaching the subjects of geography in social sciences courses?
In order to collect data, five open-ended forms developed by the researcher were applied and the teachers’ opinions were studied according the frequency distribution.
According to the results, teachers thought that geographical contents were not placed in the new curriculum. On the other hand, the teachers thought that the students were not interested in the subjects of geography. The teachers did not use enough materials because of lack of sources. The teachers taught subject through oral explanation in terms of method in teaching geography.
Keywords: New Curriculum, Geography Teaching, Social Science
Dr Ayhan Akis
Assistant Professor, Geography, Selcuk University