Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(3), pp. 440 - 454
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060311
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Perceptions of Elementary School Students: Experiences and Dreams about the Life Studies Course

Z. Nurdan Baysal 1, Özlem Apak Tezcan 2,*, Kamil Ersin Araç 1,3
1 Department of Primary, Marmara University, İstanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Primary, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey
3 College of Doğa, Tuzla, İstanbul, Turkey


This study seeks to identify elementary school students' views and perceptions of the Life Studies course through verbal and visual instruments. It employs a descriptive phenomenological research design. The study surveyed second- and third-grade students attending one private elementary school and two state elementary schools. The data was collected using a form including open-ended questions prepared by the researchers. The same form asked students to draw a picture of what kind of setting/class they envisioned for the Life Studies course. As part of the study, which incorporated feedback from 146 students, pictures were examined, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 students selected through criterion sampling. The data collected from both the open-ended questions and the pictures and interviews was analyzed using content analysis. According to the research results, the students considered Life Studies a fun course that teaches and facilitates life skills and provides new information; however, they also reported that Life Studies was a boring course because it requires too much writing and they do not like some activities.

Elementary School, Life Studies, Student Perceptions, Phenomenology, Student Paintings

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Z. Nurdan Baysal , Özlem Apak Tezcan , Kamil Ersin Araç . "Perceptions of Elementary School Students: Experiences and Dreams about the Life Studies Course." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.3 (2018) 440 - 454. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060311.