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Volume 9, Issue 2 (18)

Volume 9, Issue 2 (18), Autumn 2018


An evaluation of cooperative learning applications according to teacher opinions

Huseyin Uzunboylu; Elanur Kinik

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The purpose of this research is to evaluate the cooperative learning applications according to the opinions of teachers working at secondary schools, high schools and colleges under General Secondary Education Office (GSEO). The universe of the research consists of 1978 teachers in total who are working at secondary schools (497), high schools and colleges (1481). The sample consists of 728 teachers who were chosen with random sampling method at 37% ratio at lower layers determined with simple stratification method. The data were made using frequency (f), percentage (%), arithmetic mean (X �&), Standard deviation (S), t-test, Variance Analysis (ANOVA), Post Hoc Tukey, Kruskal-Wallis and Mann Whitney-U tests with SPSS 16.0 package programme. At the end of the research teachers usually stated positive opinions at the border of �SI agree⬝ as regards the items directed towards the application of cooperative learning questionnaire. In this context, according to teachers it was concluded that cooperative learning applications could be used at secondary education stage, make contribution to the existing education process, improve problem-solving skills, social and psychological developments of students, reduce class education costs of institutions and decrease the workload of teachers

The comparison of the fatigue of families with children who have normal and different developments (with the help of teachers)

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The research was conducted as a comparative analysis of families with children with special needs and families which have normally developed children. The aim of this study is to determine whether perceived stress, personal well-being, self-esteem, burnout, anxiety and depression levels are affected by having children with special needs. In addition, the study was conducted to determine the relationship between parents�" social skill levels with and without special needs, stress, burnout, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, personal well-being and socio-demographic variables. Interviews were carried out with 240 parents who have at least one 3 years old or above child with and without special needs. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with some participants and others were contacted through teachers. A 'Personal Information Form' was filled in by the participants, ��Social Skill Scale A��, ��Perceptual Stress Scale', 'Personal Well-Being Index-Adult (KIO-Y) Form', 'Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale', ��Burnout Inventory Scale�" and 'Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale were used to determine the level of stress, personal well-being, self-esteem, burnout, depression and anxiety respectively. The findings of the statistical analyses were discussed in according to the results of the research on similar subjects. Six variables related to the parents�" physical and mental health levels were considered. The regression models established to predict the differences in the lives of these parents through these variables were found to be significant for the two groups supporting the literature

Constraining issues in face-to-face and Internet-based language testing

Jesús García Laborda; Elena Alcalde Peñalver

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Despite the increasing importance of language testing, technology design matters related to testing have hardly been addressed in academic research, yet not enough has been written on test-taking anxiety related to computerized speaking tests. Although students nowadays are digital natives, in our experience they seem to experience a significant level of anxiety when facing Internet-based oral. This research addresses an observational study of 67 students at the University of Alcalá who took a computer-delivered exam. The study concludes that despite students growing up with computers in their lives, we are far from invisible interfaces and independence when it comes to the way an exam is delivered. The results of this research study can shed light on what needs to be revised in computer or internet speaking tasks in high-stakes language tests

Teachers views on creativity and creative students

Yagmur Cakmak Ugurel; Deniz Ozcan

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The purpose of this study is to determine the opinions of teachers�" regarding creativity and creative students. The data was collected through interview form prepared by researchers for this purpose. It was aimed to determine the teachers' views on creativity, creative student characteristics, activities that can be done in class to improve creativity, use of material in creativity and opinions about creative classroom environment. Qualitative research method was utilized using a semi-structured interview technique. Study group of the research consisted of 17 teachers working in both in the North Cyprus and in different regions of Turkey. Seven of them are classroom teachers, four are mathematics, three are science, two are electrical-electronics teachers and one of them is a biology teacher. The data obtained from the study were analysed through content analysis. As a result; teachers' creativity and creative student definitions focus on the concepts of 'difference' and 'originality' and there are many different methods that can be used to develop creativity in the classroom. It is important that the classroom environment that develops creativity is an environment where the student feels free and comfortable and material use is considered to be important

Giftedness: Educators views and perceptions

Mukaddes Sakalli Demirok

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Teachers have the highest responsibility in education. Each student has different learning styles. Teachers need to have sufficient knowledge for student characteristics and organize education environments of students. There are students with different cognitive styles in every class. Gifted students have specific characteristics different from their peers. Teachers are expected to prepare appopriate learning environments and materials for gifted students. This study was aimed at determining the perceptions and opinions of teachers towards gifted students. Stratified sampling method was determined and 490 teachers constituted the sample of the study. Data of the research were collected with �SPerceptions scale towards gifted students⬝ and �SPoint of view scale towards the gifted⬝. The results showed that teachers have positive perceptions and positive opinions regarding gifted students. The findings revealed that there was a positive and significant relationship among teachers�" perceptions and opinions about gifted students

How do special education pre-service teachers perceive teaching arts?

Basak Baglama; Yucehan Yucesoy; Fatma Miralay; Mukaddes Sakalli Demirok

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Arts is looked upon as empowering social and adaptive skills of individuals with special needs.Therefore, special needs individuals involvement with arts plays a big role in their development. İn order to be able to integrate arts activities into instructional practices teachers in the field of special education are in need to have competence in teaching arts during their professional lives. The study aims to explore how the pre-service special education teachers perceive teaching arts. Quantitative research method was applied in the present study demographic information and a scale was used to collect the data. Participants of the study consisted of 361 pre-service teachers enrolled in Near East University. The collected data was analyzed with SPSS 20.00 program. The results of the study indicated that pre-service teachers special education teachers perceptions regarding arts teaching are positive. More interestingly, perceptions on teaching arts showed a significant difference regarding gender, class level and attending lecture on arts teaching. Applying arts teaching in the special education training sessions and recommendations for further research was provided in the study

Peer mediation teacher in-service training program for resolving student disputes

Nuket Gunduz; Deniz Ozcan

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The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of the implemented peer mediation in-service teacher training program. Qualitative method was used to collect data about teacher opinions regarding the effectiveness of the applied 40 hours peer mediation in-service training program. The participants of the study consisted of randomly selected 40 elementary school teachers serving in 10 different elementary schools from five different regions of North Cyprus. The results reveal that teacher peer mediation beliefs together with social and professional developments have positively developed after the implemented peer mediation in-service training program

Pre-service teachers' views on the use of social network sites

Semih Caliskan; Huseyin Uzunboylu; Vasfi Tugun

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The general purpose of the study is to determine pre-service teachers' views on the use of social networking sites. In line with the general purpose, answers to the research questions were sought. The answers to the following questions have been sought for to reach the general purpose. 1. Is there a significant difference in the intentions of pre-service teachers to use online social networks in their future professions between their departments? 2. Is there a significant difference in the effort expectancy of pre-service teachers for online social networks between their departments? The study was carried out in the spring term of 2016-2017. The study is conducted with a quantitative methodology and designed to determine pre-service teachers' intentions and effort expectancy on the use of online social networking sites for instructional purposes. In the study, Demir & Akbulut (2017) developed 5-point Likert type pre-service teachers' scale was used. A total of 108 volunteer pre-service teachers studying at the Faculty of Education participated in the study. The study was conducted during the spring term of 2016-2017. All students of the faculty of education participated in the study. The result of the study reveals that pre-service teachers' views on the use of social networking sites were high. It is also important to provide pre-service teachers with seminars on the use of technological platforms and smart devices; teachers should be supported by means of technology regarding the situations that may assist them in their daily lives and their education

Training the creative competence of future teachers

Amina Amirova; Klara Buzaubakova; Zagira Kashkynbayeva; Mirshat Yelubayeva; Zhazira Kumisbekova; Uaidullakyzy Elmira; Zeynep Genc

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The new realities of the world, of society and of the state make it necessary to reform the education system by taking into account newly emerging values. Kazakhstan has an objective necessity and a prerequisite for the further development of the national education system, the needs of the labor market and its integration into the world educational space. At the same time, the higher education system in Kazakhstan contains sufficient requirements for international education. The new approach to organizing the educational process into global practice is embodied in a competency-based teaching model. The need for its development in Kazakhstan in the context of profound organizational, structural and ideological transformations, updates the content of education, imposes increasing demands on the quality of training according to the stage of socio-economic and political development of the country. country and globalization. integration phenomena in the global educational space. A key figure in the field of education has always been and remains a teacher: - a competent specialist, who has all the arsenal of funds, a creative personality, who aspires to professional perfection and professional growth. The new conceptions of higher education are based on the targeted development of the creative potential of the future specialist. The most important social function of higher education is to train creative professionals capable of developing professional activities, to improve and not only to replicate the social experience in order to create new knowledge and values

The opinions of pedagogic formation students concerning the application of mobile devices and mobile communication applications in education

Sezer Kanbul

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The purpose of this research is to examine the pedagogical formation students' views on the use of mobile devices and mobile communication applications for educational purposes. The universe of the study consists of all students who studies pedagogical formation at Education Faculty of Near East University in 2015-2016 academic year. The sample includes 391 students. The data were collected using �SEducational Mobile Communication Applications Usage Scale⬝ which was developed by �zçınar, Ekizo�xlu & Kanbul. The study was conducted using relative screening model and employed Mann-Whitney U, t- test and Kruskal-Wallis test in determining the scores obtained by students from the entire scale and its sub-dimensions according to their age groups, mobile deice usage and employment of mobile communication applications in classes. In the end of the study, it was found out that students wanted to use mobile devices and mobile communication applications in classes, that their favorite application in daily life was WhatsApp application and that they chose �SI agree⬝ option in the entire scale and its sub-dimensions

The opinions of teachers on primary school performance evaluation: case study in Nigeria, Benue State

Magdalene Peter

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This current research examined the opinions of primary school teachers on the evaluation of primary school�"s performance. A Quantitative analysis was used in the study. 200 questionnaires were administered to teachers from the selected primary schools using random sampling, but only 161 questionnaires were valid. The data collected were analysed using IBM SPSS version 21.0 and descriptive statistics to measure teachers�" opinions on performance in primary schools using four variables. The findings reveal that in assessing the performance of a child, the school should focus on gains or improvements in the child�"s performance rather than simply attainment levels at a given point in time and that when a school adopt and implement a viable curriculum it enhances the performance of the school which means that the efficacy of the teacher is influenced by what to teach. And also making recommendation on how these problems can be solved

Validity and reliability test of "School web site evaluation scale" in terms of contribution to school-family communication level in preschool period

Aysegul Ozdemir Topaloglu; Nadir Celikoz

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This study was conducted to emphasize the importance of school-parent communication by developing a web-based model that was used and evaluated by both parents and teachers. The study was conducted in the Kesan District in Edirne Province with 32 teachers who work for the Ministry of Education�"s independent kindergartens and 31 parents who provided feedback. A scale was developed in two forms�one for teachers and another for parents�to discover whether the internet-based web model positively affected school-parent communication. During the development of the scale, pre-interviews were held with teachers and parents who could be accessed. Then, which programs/software to be integrated into the web design that will include open-ended questions in order to improve the school-parent communication. A 35-question interview form was generated according to the results of the pre-interviews and the open-ended questions. In the light of expert opinion, the teacher form of the scale included eight questions that asked for personal information and 31 articles, 23 of which likert-type were, while the parent form included six questions requesting personal information and 29 articles, 23 of which were Likert-type. Factor and article loadings, averages, standard deviation, total article correlation, and correlation coefficients between subtests were calculated for both tests. The coefficient of reliability for the teacher form was found to be Cronbach a=.89 and Cronbach a=.97 for the parent form. After the results were obtained through analysis, factor analysis was applied to the 31-article teacher form and the 29-article parent form to determine the construction validity and a two-factor scale was obtained. The results of the study show that the scale is highly valid and reliable

Views of lecturers on effective teaching in agriculture departments

Avin Hamaaziz Allahkaram; Deniz Ozcan

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The aim of this study is to determine the lecturers�" views about effective teaching and teaching methods used in agricultural faculty of Sulaimani University in Iraq through the lecturers�" views. The quantitative research method was used in the research. The quantitative data was collected throughout the applied questionnaire that consists of 42 items in the faculty of agricultural science of Sulaimani University which has seven departments and more than 400 lecturers with different titles. The sample of the study consists of 121 lecturers. The data have been collected and categorized into two variables (gender and working experience). Moreover, to conduct statistics techniques, Microsoft Excel and SPSS software has been used. Concerning the view of teaching, finding suggest different views in many items between male and female lecturers however less experienced lecturer candidates view is varying only in terms of communications between lecturer and students and promoting conceptual changing in students from more experienced ones

Opinions of special education students on distance education certificate programs

Pelin Gür; Huseyin Bicen

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In this study, the opinions of the undergraduate, graduate and PhD students were taken who study in the special education department about the certificate programs opened by distance education for the individuals with physical, visual and hearing impairment. The Qualitative research method was used in the research. In this context, the interview questions used in the research were prepared by the researchers. 40 volunteer students from the Department of teaching who were mentally handicapped, MA and PHD programs for the special education have attended the research at the Near East University during 2015-2016 fall semester. The answers given by the students to the questions within the scope of the research were re-examined with the expert opinion and the results were later interpreted by using the induction technique. According to the results of this research, the provided education by distance education method with 24 hour access without time and space limitation gives great advantage to disabled individuals. The distance education certificate programs have also resulted in the employment opportunities for the people with hearing, sight and physical inability as enabling them to continue life without being isolated from the society. Certificate programs about surveyor training, e-marketing and working as an operator in call centers are given for the physically handicapped people. For the visually impaired people certificates are given in order to enable them to work as an operator in call centers, as translators, as online trainers. Lastly, certificates about training for sign language, graphic design, web design and programming are given to the people with hearing impairment