The Trends of Postgraduate Theses (2006-2017) on Geography Education in Turkey


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ÇİFÇİ T.

TARIH KULTUR VE SANAT ARASTIRMALARI DERGISI-JOURNAL OF HISTORY CULTURE AND ART RESEARCH, cilt.6, ss.864-887, 2017 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 6 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.7596/taksad.v6i4.1060
  • Dergi Adı: TARIH KULTUR VE SANAT ARASTIRMALARI DERGISI-JOURNAL OF HISTORY CULTURE AND ART RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.864-887

Özet

The main aim of this study is to identify theses from 2006 to today (2017) on Geography education in Turkey, classify them in terms of their genre, content, research design (model), data collection method, sample and data analysis method and define primarily preferred study subjects for Geography education in Turkey. This is a significant study as the analysis of recent postgraduate theses on Geography education with regard to different criteria will help researchers, educationalists, teachers and students. 146 master thesis and 41 doctorate theses from 2006-2017 in the electronic database of Turkish Council of Higher Education were examined with the use of Geography Education Publication Classification Form and analyzed with the use of content analysis method used in qualitative studies. According to the findings of the study, most of the postgraduate theses on Geography education in Turkey were conducted in Gazi University, Marmara University and Ataturk University. It is seen that most of the theses were conducted in 2010; however, the number of doctorate theses have been clearly decreasing. The most common study subject of both master and doctorate theses is about approach-strategy-method-technique-practice and it is emphasized that there must be more studies about different subjects. It was seen that the most preferred research design is quantitative method and it is suggested that mixed type would be used for more comprehensive studies. It is determined that mostly quantitative methods were preferred in the investigated theses and it is suggested that mixed method designs should be used for more comprehensive research studies. Both MA and doctorate theses commonly researched secondary school students and the number of participants ranged between 31 and 100. Moreover, according to the findings of the study, it is determined that mostly preferred data collection tools of the studies were questionnaires and surveys, and common data analysis methods were descriptive analysis. It is suggested that statistical analysis methods should be used more frequently.