Classroom teachers and teacher educators' perceptions about the new elementary school curriculum in Kars

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2010


Supervisor: HANİFE AKAR


This cross sectional survey study examined the perceptions of classroom teachers in urban regions of Kars Province including its towns and teacher educators in Kafkas University about the new elementary school curriculum in Kars Province. It also revealed their perceptions about the strengths and weaknesses of the elementary school curriculum, students’ educational needs from the window of local characteristics of Kars, and classroom teachers’ needs with regard to the new elementary school curriculum. The data were collected from classroom teachers based on the responses they gave on a survey questionnaire and from interview data with teacher educators that was collected through a semi-structured interview form. Data gathered were analyzed utilizing content analysis method. The major findings of the study revealed the following about that the new elementary school curriculum: (1) active student understanding and common skills were mentioned; (2) its appropriateness to students’ level; (3) relevancy to students’ everyday life; (4) its comprehensiveness; and (5) variety that were somehow achieved. On the other hand, the findings also showed that there were problems with regard to the new elementary school curriculum: (1) lack of parental involvement to educational process in Kars; (2) over crowding of classrooms; (3) insufficient materials in schools; (4) insufficient in meeting local characteristics and conditions of Kars.