Teachers' perceptions of constraints on improving student thinking in high schools

Download
2003
Akan (Özkan), Şule
The aim of this study is to investigate teachers' perceptions of constraints on improving student thinking skills in schools, and to find out whether there are differences in teachers' perceptions of constraints in terms of subject area, educational background, teaching experience, gender, geographical area, and school location. A survey design was used in this study. The questionnaire used in the study was developed by making use of the related literature, and it was administered to 522 teachers working in the public high schools in four different regions of Turkey during the fall semester of 2002-2003 academic year. The data gathered are analysed through descriptive and inferential statistics (one-way ANOVA and t-test). There were four major constraints on improving student thinking, namely, teacher-related, student-related, curriculum-related, and external factors to classroom. The results indicated that the most agreed constraints were the student-related ones. The results also showed that there were no statistically significant differences in teacher's perceptions of the constraints on improving student thinking based on the background variables, i.e., subject area, educational background, teaching experience, gender, geographical region, and school location.

Suggestions

Teachers’ perceived efficacy beliefs and perceptions regarding the implementation of the 2004 primary mathematics curriculum
İşler, Işıl; Çakıroğlu, Erdinç; Department of Elementary Science and Mathematics Education (2008)
The purpose of this study was to investigate primary school and mathematics teachers’ efficacy beliefs and perceptions in the context of the new primary mathematics curriculum and identify differences, if any, in teachers’ efficacy beliefs and perceptions based on their area of certification, gender, experience and number of students in classroom. The sample consisted of 805 teachers, 696 of whom were primary and 105 of whom were mathematics teachers working in elementary schools located in Mersin, Eskisehi...
Teachers' perceptions of constructivist curriculum change as a predictor of their perceptions of the implementation of constructivist teaching-learning activities
Yıldırım, Ali; Kasapoglu, Koray (2015-12-01)
This study investigates the relationship between teachers' perceptions of the implementation of constructivist teaching-learning activities and of constructivist curriculum change. Data were collected from 236 primary school teachers through a questionnaire measuring the perceptions of constructivist curriculum change and of the implementation of constructivist teaching-learning activities. The questionnaire was developed by the researchers based on the related literature. It was subjected to expert review ...
TEACHERS' EFFICACY BELIEFS AND PERCEPTIONS REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW PRIMARY MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM
İşler Baykal, Işıl; Çakıroğlu, Erdinç (2009-02-01)
The purpose of this study was to investigate primary school and mathematics teachers' efficacy beliefs and perceptions in the context of the new primary mathematics curriculum in Turkey and identify differences, if any, in teachers' efficacy beliefs and perceptions based on their area of certification, gender, and experience. The sample consisted of 805 teachers, 696 of whom were primary and 105 of whom were mathematics teachers working in elementary schools located in 5 cities of Turkey. The questionnaire ...
Relations between classroom teachers attitudes toward change, perceptions of "constructivist" curriculum change and implementation of constructivist teaching and learning activities in class at primary school level
Kasapoğlu, Koray; Yıldırım, Ali; Department of Educational Sciences (2010)
This study aimed at determining whether classroom teachers‘ attitudes toward change correlate with their perceptions of constructivist curriculum change and implementation of constructivist teaching and learning activities in class at primary school level. Through a questionnaire, data were collected from 236 classroom teachers teaching in all public primary schools in the city center of Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. Demographical data of the participants, their attitudes toward change, perceptions of constructiv...
Teacher candidates' reflections on some components of a pre-service English teacher education programme in Turkey
Seferoğlu, Gölge (Informa UK Limited, 2006-11-01)
This study aimed to explore teacher candidates' reflections on the methodology and practice components of a pre‐service English teacher training programme in Turkey. For this purpose, a qualitative case study method was followed. The participants were 176 senior year students at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. The data were analysed by seeking patterns and themes in relation to each research question. The participants believed that a close connection between the course materials and ...
Citation Formats
Ş. Akan (Özkan), “Teachers’ perceptions of constraints on improving student thinking in high schools,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2003.