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A group of students' and teachers' perceptions with respect to biology education at high school level

2003
Özcan, Nesrin
This study aimed to explore students̕ and teachers̕ perceptions with respect to biology education at high school level in order to reveal the reasons of students̕ low achievement in biology as indicated by the university entrance examinations between the years 1996-2002. The study was conducted with a qualitative approach. Therefore two separate interview schedules were developed to be conducted with 45 high school biology teachers and 45 eleventh grade science students in 10 schools including private, Anatolian, and public high schools. All the interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim by the researcher. Results revealed that there are serious problems in biology education such as biology curriculum covering high amounts of topics, unavailable time allocated to biology, insufficient economical conditions... The reasons of students̕ low achievement in biology can be summarized under the headings of students̕ perception of biology, the nature of biology lesson, questions asked in universityentrance examinations, students̕ perception of other science lessons, and biology education in Turkey.