Community Service Learning and the Emergence of Systems Thinking: A Teacher Education Project in an Urban Setting in Turkey

This study explores how community service learning experiences are reflected in the cognition of prospective teachers. Initial thoughts related to the experience are analyzed in relation the emerging thoughts throughout and after the experience. The study explored the thoughts of 15 prospective foreign language teachers related to their participation in a community project. The participants tutored students with visual disabilities at a learning center in an urban setting in Turkey. As part of the community-based field experience, participants worked with the learners with visual disabilities over a 16-week period. For this study, multiple reflective narratives of experience were collected from each individual. The goal for the collection and analysis of these narratives was explore the participants' thinking patterns throughout the project and encourage them to reflect on their experience. The analysis of participants' discourse relied on analysis of co-occurring lexemes in sample utterances text with descending hierarchical classification and correspondence analysis. The main themes that reflected the thoughts of the participants were related to (a) visions for community service, (b) teaching students with visual disabilities, (c) reflections in action, (d) awareness through interactions with difference, (e) interactions with people during community service, and (f) efforts to contribute to the project site. These themes were discussed in relation to the contribution of community service learning and the emergence of systems thinking among program participants.


Systems Thinking for Studying International Professional Program Participants' Thoughts
Karaman, Abdullah Cendel (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2010-06-01)
Studying the experiences of participants in international professional programs requires conceptual frameworks that take into account the complex systemic nature of the intercultural journeys. This article explores the thoughts of a prospective teacher related to a field experience abroad. The purpose is to understand the narratives of experience and demonstrate how systems thinking facilitated a deep study of this case. The focal case is that of a prospective teacher from the US who participates in a profe...
Multilevel analysis of the relationship between school-level variables and student achievement
Oldac, Yusuf Ikbal; Kondakçı, Yaşar (SAGE Publications, 2020-07-01)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between student achievement and a set of school-level variables, including distributed leadership, academic optimism, teacher collaboration and enabling school structure. The study was designed as correlational research. A Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) analysis was conducted with a data set collected from 23,053 students and 426 teachers from 40 randomly selected public schools in Turkey. The data were collected using previously developed sc...
Trust in buyer-supplier relations: the case of the Turkish automotive industry
Wasti Pamuksuz, Syeda Nazlı (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2008-01-01)
While the topic of interorganisational trust is gaining attention in academic literature, research on developing countries remains sparse. With the premise that certain contextual elements may be more relevant for developing countries, we expand on existing models by testing the effect of initial support, use of just-in-time delivery, and informal commitment to predict the trust that Turkish automotive suppliers have towards their buyers. The results support the predictions that soft technologies and inform...
Supporting problem-solving performance in a hypermedia learning environment: The role of students' prior knowledge and metacognitive skills
Tokel, Saniye Tuğba (2012-07-01)
This study investigated how students with different prior knowledge and metacognitive skills benefited from continuous and faded domain-general and domain-specific scaffolds. Students' scores on a multiple-choice pretest, inventory of metacognitive self-regulation, and solution forms were analyzed. Results indicated that while students with lower regulation of cognition and objectivity benefited more from the domain-general scaffolds than the domain-specific ones, students with lower prior knowledge, knowle...
Exploring the Effects of Science Writing Heuristic Approach on 8th Grade Students Metacognition
Tucel, Tuğçe; Çakıroğlu, Jale; Öztekin, Ceren (2015-09-04)
The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) approach on middle school students' metacognition. For this purpose, a quasi-experimental research design, the non-equivalent control group post-test only design was used with the aim to compare the experimental and the comparison groups mean difference with respect to dependent variables. 60 eight grade students with a mean age of 14 years in two classes selected from one public school in an urban area. One class was ra...
Citation Formats
A. C. Karaman, “Community Service Learning and the Emergence of Systems Thinking: A Teacher Education Project in an Urban Setting in Turkey,” SYSTEMIC PRACTICE AND ACTION RESEARCH, pp. 485–497, 2014, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: