Preschool teachers' beliefs and practices related to child-centred education in Turkey

Sak R., Erden F., Morrison G. S.

EDUCATION 3-13, vol.46, no.5, pp.563-577, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03004279.2017.1322995
  • Journal Name: EDUCATION 3-13
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.563-577
  • Keywords: Child-centred education, preschool teachers, teachers' beliefs, teachers' practices, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE, MODEL
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study describes the beliefs, self-reported practices and actual practices related to child-centred education of five female preschool teachers in Ankara, Turkey, and assesses the consistency between the participants' beliefs and practices. Data were collected through interviews, classroom observations and document review. The results indicated that the participant teachers' beliefs and practices as expressed through instructional activities, relationships, behaviour management, assessment, parental involvement and self-reporting were partially parallel to the child-centred education philosophy. Also, there was only partial consistency between teachers' beliefs about, self-reported practices of and actual practices of child-centred education.