Turkish Science Teachers’ Use of Educational Research and Resources
Nail ilhan 1 * , Mustafa Sözbilir 2, Ali Rıza Şekerci 3, Ali Yıldırım 2
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1 Department of Science Education, Muallim Rıfat Education Faculty, Kilis 7 Aralık University, Kilis / TURKEY
2 Department of Chemistry Education, Kazim Karabekir Education Faculty, Ataturk University, Erzurum / TURKEY
3 Department of Science Education, Faculty of Education, Dumlupınar University, Kütahya / TURKEY
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Abstract

Background:
Research results demonstrate that there is a gap between educational research and practice. Turkey is not an exception in this case.

Materials and methods:
This study aims to examine to what extent and how educational research and resources are being followed, understood and used in classroom practices by science teachers in Turkey. A sample of 968 science teachers working at junior high schools in Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey was surveyed. The data were collected through a questionnaire consisting of multiple-choice and open-ended questions.

Results:
The results indicate that the most common sources of information used by teachers to follow educational research are “internet”; “radio”, “television” and “newspapers”; “scientific magazine journals”; and “educational books” respectively. In contrast, the least followed sources of information used by teachers are “educational symposiums, conferences and workshops”, and “educational scientific journals” and “dissertations”.

Conclusions:
18.7% of science teachers stated that they could understand scientific educational research. Science teachers’ level of applying the educational research results into practice was found as 5.7 %.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.12973/eurasia.2015.1374a

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2015 - Volume 11 Issue 6, pp. 1231-1248

Publication date: 29 Sep 2015

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