A study of teacher educators' perspectives regarding changes in 1982, 1998 and 2006 in teacher education in Turkey

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2009
Kurt, Gamze
Investigating the teacher education phenomenon of mathematics teacher education through the perspectives of teacher educators was aimed in this study. It was designed to understand the problems and the needs of teacher education in Turkey, to conceive the imperatives of the reforms mathematics teacher education reforms, namely 1982 reform, 1998 reform, and 2006 reform, and to determine whether these reforms satisfy the existing needs in Turkey. Based on the principles of qualitative research methods, documents of mathematics teacher education programs were investigated after the date when teacher education has been replaced under universities. As a second data collection tool, interviews with past and present deans of the education faculties, department chairs of mathematics education departments, and the academic staff were conducted. The data collected were analyzed through qualitative data analysis methods and the meanings and importance of the imperatives, processes, and consequences of the reforms were explored as well as the problems and the needs of teacher education in Turkey and solutions for them were investigated. The findings of this study showed that mathematics teacher education took a great step after establishing education faculties under universities in 1982. However, it has to be improved in order to eliminate the problems and the needs of teacher education in Turkey. It was expected to develop a source for the future teacher education reforms while paying attention to the imperatives and the consequences of educational changes in 1982, 1998 and 2006, and to be beneficial to generate a Turkish teacher education framework.

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G. Kurt, “A study of teacher educators’ perspectives regarding changes in 1982, 1998 and 2006 in teacher education in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.