HAYEF: Journal of Education
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Examining the Turkish Preschool Education Program from an Inclusive Perspective


Department of Early Years Education, Siirt University, Turkey

HAYEF: Journal of Education 2021; 18: 55-65
DOI: 10.5152/hayef.2021.20028
Read: 2788 Downloads: 1021 Published: 23 February 2021

This study examines the Turkish preschool education program from the perspective of educational inclusivity, taking a qualitative approach through the use of documentary data. Recent years have seen an ongoing discussion about education for immigrant children in Turkey, and the Ministry of Education has proposed guidelines that suggest offering inclusive education. Nurseries in Turkey use the preschool education program to structure activities and prepare children for the classroom. This study analyses the program and asks whether room exists to implement inclusive education in nurseries. Although the existing program does not refer explicitly to taking an inclusive approach toward immigrant children, our findings show that three of the program’s features are oriented toward inclusivity. Moreover, achievements in developmental education indicate that the program implicitly has an inclusive perspective.

Cite this article as: Gelir, İ. (2021). Examining the Turkish Preschool Education Program from an Inclusive Perspective. HAYEF: Journal of Education, 18(1): 55-65.

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