Teachers’ Opinions about Renewed Fifth Grade Science Lesson Curriculum

Volume 4- Issue 2
Zeynep DEMİRTAŞ Serhat ARSLAN İsmail YARAR Ömer F. TUTKUN
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Abstract:


The aim of the present study was to investigate the fifth grade science lesson curriculum that has begun to be applied in 2013-2014 academic year, considering teachers’ opinions. In the current study, interview method that is one of the qualitative research methods was used. The semi- structured interview form was prepared by the authors considering experts’ opinions. The interview form included of six open-ended questions to obtain teachers’ opinion about the followings: informative works about renewed curriculum, general opinions about the new curriculum, gains, foreseen to be applied, the content, learning- teaching process, assessment and evaluation methods, problems in the application process of the curriculum, solutions about these problems, lesson books and materials that changed with the new curriculum. The interviews were conducted with 28 teachers, selected via purposeful sampling and that worked in 14 schools of Ministry of Education in one of the citites of Marmara Region in Turkey. The data was analyzed via descriptive statistics. The findings of the current study were as follows: 1- Teachers were not provided with information about the new curriculum, and in general, teachers reached details about the curriculum on the internet. 2- The biggest problem teachers confronted in the application process was subjects were very few, too superficial and simple. The most suggested solution was topics should be detailed and the scope should be extended. 3- The lesson books and materials were insufficient according to teachers.

Keywords

  • Science lesson curriculum
  • science teaching
  • teacher
  • curriculum
  • secondary school.
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