Comparing teachers' views on morality and moral education, a comparative study in Turkey and the United States

LePage, Pamela
Akar, Hanife
Temli, Yeliz
Sen, Derya
Hasser, Neil
Ivins, Ilene
In this study, the researchers examined how K-8 teachers approach morality, moral education, and the moral development of children in Turkey and in the United States. Both countries have diverse cultures and long histories with secular education systems. Surveys were sent to teachers in nine cities in both countries. Results suggest that Turkish teachers emphasized societal values and global values, which have implications for the sustainability of the Turkish nation-state. American teachers emphasized moral action and morality in context (cultural relativity) rather than global values. Our findings emphasize the importance of inter-cultural awareness and tolerance.


The importance of teacher-student interpersonal relationships for Turkish students' attitudes towards science
Telli, Sibel; den Brok, Perry; Çakıroğlu, Jale (Informa UK Limited, 2010-01-01)
The purpose of this study was to examine associations between Turkish high school students' perceptions of their science teachers' interpersonal behaviour and their attitudes towards science. Students' perceptions of the teacher-student interpersonal relationship were mapped with the Questionnaire on Teacher Interaction (QTI), which uses two relational dimensions: influence and proximity. Data on Students' subject-related attitudes were collected with the Test of Science Related Attitudes (TOSRA). A total o...
Modelling pre-service science teachers' pro-environmental behaviours in relation to psychological and cognitive variables
Şahin, Elvan; Öztekin, Ceren (Informa UK Limited, 2020-08-01)
Grounded in large-scale studies, this research further investigates the nature of pro-environmental behaviours and related factors by selecting a nation-wide sample of Turkish pre-service science teachers as educators of future generations. We examined the relationships between pro-environmental behaviours and psychological and cognitive variables by evaluating the proposed theoretical model through path analysis. Data were collected from 1497 pre-service science teachers using environmental future scale, b...
Moral reasoning of pre-service science teachers toward local and non-local environmental problems
Tuncay, Büşra; Yılmaz Tüzün, Özgül; Department of Elementary Science and Mathematics Education (2010)
Based on the importance of environmental ethics in both causing and solving many of the environmental problems, the present study aimed to (1) Examine moral reasoning patterns (i.e. ecocentric, anthropocentric, non-environmental) of pre-service science teachers toward local and non-local environmental problems, (2) Investigate the effects of gender and grade level on moral reasoning patterns, and (3) Explain the factors that may have led to the observed differences in participants’ moral reasoning patterns....
Relationship between Turkish elementary science teachers occupational well being and some contextual and demographic characteristics A multivariate analysis
YERDELEN, SÜNDÜS; Sungur, Semra; KLASSEN, Robert (Turkish Education Association, 2016-01-01)
The purpose of this study was twofold: first, to determine the Turkish elementary science teachers' occupational well-being profile and second, to investigate the relation of science teachers' occupational well-being to some contextual and demographic characteristics. The contextual variables included class size, years of teaching experience and weekly course hours, while demographic characteristics included gender, graduated faculty, marital status, and having children. Moreover, occupational wellbeing was...
Investigating pre-service teacher's environmental literacy through their epistemological beliefs
Öztürk, Gökhan; Teksöz, Gaye; Department of Elementary Science and Mathematics Education (2009)
The primary purposes of present study were 1) investigation of epistemological beliefs held by preservice teachers, 2)investigation of relationship between pre-service teachers’ environmental literacy and their epistemologicalbeliefs,3)investigation of predictors of pre-service teachers’ intentions to act environmental behavior. Secondary purpose of the study was to investigate effect of gender, academic major, and grade level on environmental literacy of pre-service teachers. This study was carried out dur...
Citation Formats
P. LePage, H. Akar, Y. Temli, D. Sen, N. Hasser, and I. Ivins, “Comparing teachers’ views on morality and moral education, a comparative study in Turkey and the United States,” TEACHING AND TEACHER EDUCATION, pp. 366–375, 2011, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: