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

ABSTRACT

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.

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

Cite this paper
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.