Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(9), pp. 1974 - 1980
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060916
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Teacher Candidates' Critical Thinking Tendencies Research in Turkey: A Content Analysis

Ramazan Cansoy 1, Hanifi Parlar 2, Mahmut Polatcan 1,*
1 Faculty of Letters, Karabük University, Karabük, Turkey
2 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Istanbul Commerce University, Sütlüce Campus, Turkey


In this study, empirical studies related to the tendency think critically of teacher candidates in Turkey were examined. These studies were evaluated systematically by means of thematic content analysis. In research the WEB OF SCIENCES, ERIC, SCOPUS, EBSCO and ULAKBIM databases were scanned for the years 2012-2017, and 45 academic articles were examined. It was found out that studies are concentrated in the screening and relational model and work in a limited number of experimental models. Furthermore, it was observed that the relationships between individual variables and the tendencies of critical thinking were positive and significant. Some findings reached the conclusion that experimental intervention programs are effective. Teacher candidates' critical thinking tendencies were generally low. In addition to the studies, common findings on whether socio-demographic variables make a difference were rarely encountered.

Critical Thinking, Teaching, Candidate Teacher, Thematic Content Analysis.

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Ramazan Cansoy , Hanifi Parlar , Mahmut Polatcan . "Teacher Candidates' Critical Thinking Tendencies Research in Turkey: A Content Analysis." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.9 (2018) 1974 - 1980. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060916.