The New National Curriculum for Physics in Turkey
There is an ongoing curriculum reform in Turkey starting from primary school curricula. National Curricula for Science and Technology at primary and middle school (from 4th to 8th grade) have been developed and are being implemented. In the second phase the secondary school curricula are to be developed. The high school physics curriculum development effort has begun in January 2006. The new physics curriculum for Grade 9 has been developed and is to be implemented in 2008-2009 school year. Then every consecutive year a new grade will begin using it. The new textbooks are to be written according to the new curriculum. In Turkey secondary school has four levels (from grade 9th to 12th), but physics is only compulsory at 9th grade. So physics curriculum at 9th grade is developed to contain learning areas and skills for all students.
The new physics curriculum has many characteristics: It has many learning areas supported by skills, understanding and attitudes; based on the real life context; addressed the common misconceptions.
In this paper, the new Turkish high school physics curriculum will be discussed.
Keywords: Physics Curriculum, High School, Real life Contex Based Curriculum
Prof. Bilal Gunes
Professor, Head of Department