HAYEF: Journal of Education
RESEARCH ARTICLE
The Views of Secondary School Students toward Social Studies Learning Environments as a Social Studies Laboratory

The Views of Secondary School Students toward Social Studies Learning Environments as a Social Studies Laboratory

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Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Eğitim Fakültesi, Sosyal Bilgiler Eğitimi Anabilim Dalı, Antalya, Türkiye

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Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Sosyal Bilgiler Eğitimi, Antalya, Türkiye

HAYEF: Journal of Education 2020; 17: 121-149
DOI: 10.5152/hayef.2020.19026
Read: 139 Downloads: 49 Published: 05 May 2020

The study aims to reveal the views of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders on social studies learning environments. To this end, the study recruited 27, 31, and 33 students from the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades, respectively, for a total of 91 students (49 males, 42 females) who are attending a state school affiliated with the Ministry of National Education in Ankara for the school year 2018-2019. Data prepared using the qualitative research method were collected through open-ended questions and underwent content analysis. In addition, students were instructed to draw the setting for their ideal social studies class, and images were analyzed with the drawing method. Results revealed that students found the current class setting weak in terms of material equipment. Notably, factors, such as enjoyableness of social studies and its reflection in the ideal class setting of the students, increased interest in the course and exerted a positive effect on the comprehension and motivation of students. In addition, when asked to draw ideal social studies classes, the students drew adequately equipped settings, although they retained the traditional seating arrangement.

Cite this article as: Akhan, N.E., Kaymak B. (2020). The Views of Secondary School Students toward Social Studies Learning Environments as a Social Studies Laboratory. HAYEF: Journal of Education, 17(1); 121-149.

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