The new Turkish early childhood teacher education curriculum: a brief outlook

Atay-Turhan T., Koc Y., IŞIKSAL BOSTAN M., Isiksal H.

ASIA PACIFIC EDUCATION REVIEW, vol.10, no.3, pp.345-356, 2009 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12564-009-9034-z
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.345-356
  • Keywords: Teacher education, Curriculum, Educational reform, REFORM
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This article aims to describe and reflect on the new early childhood teacher education curriculum in Turkey. The new curriculum is part of a large-scale reform agenda to improve education at all levels. The article begins with a brief history of early childhood education and early childhood teacher education in Turkey. Then, the needs for the curriculum revision and major characteristics of the revised curriculum are discussed. The article concludes with brief discussion about the innovations and suggestions for future research dealing with the implementation and effectiveness of the revised curriculum.