Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(10), pp. 2451 - 2456
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041025
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Investigation of Attitudes of Turkish Geography Teacher Candidates towards the Constructivist Approach


Yılmaz Geçit *
Faculty of Education, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

In Turkey, curricula based on the constructive approach have been implemented since 2005. The success of such curricula is primarily related to the positive attitude of the teachers and pre-service teachers in charge of implementing the curricula. In this study, the opinions of 246 pre-service geography teachers with regard to the constructivist approach in 3 Turkish state universities were analyzed in terms of various variables. An attitude scale was used for data collection. The pre-treatment reliability coefficient of the tool was found to be .92 (Cronbach's Alpha) for the overall scale. Study variables such as gender, teaching experience, grade level and the type of high school graduated from were analyzed using SPSS 16 software using t, Kruskal Wallis and ANOVA tests. The average attitude of the 246 pre-service geography teachers was calculated to be 3.51 points with regard to this approach. This average score can be said to suggest "high level" in terms of attitude. No significant differences were found between the grade levels of the participants and the type of high school from which they graduated. On the other hand, there was a significant difference between pre-service teachers' attitudes towards this approach in terms of gender and teaching experience.

KEYWORDS
Geography Teacher Candidates, Geography Education, Attitude, Constructivist Approach

Cite this paper
Yılmaz Geçit . "Investigation of Attitudes of Turkish Geography Teacher Candidates towards the Constructivist Approach." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.10 (2016) 2451 - 2456. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041025.