Research Assistants' Suggestions on the Improvement of Graduate Programs Regarding Science Perception

Yasan N., Yildirim S., MEDENI T.

5th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), Rome, Italy, 5 - 08 February 2013, vol.116, pp.3370-3374 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 116
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.766
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.3370-3374


The purpose of this study was to explore research assistants' opinions to improve science perception at graduate programs. The research questions include the research assistants' suggestions on the improvement of the graduate program regarding science perception and, in this respect, what their suggestions about a possible course. The sample for the present study contains 12 interviewees from four different institutes of Middle East Technical University. The interviewees are all PhD candidates at METU. The results were considered under the title of suggestions which could be realized by university administration. In addition, the possible course was handled by its content, method, and evaluation. In conclusion, based on literature review and the research assistants' views, the History of Science (HOS) and Philosophy of Science (POS) course was suggested as a possible course for improvement of science perception by utilizing explicitly-reflective inquiry approach. Further, they suggested that this course should be included curriculum of graduate programs. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of Academic World Education and Research Center.