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Research on Social Studies

Edited By Mehmet Ali İçbay, Hasan Arslan and Frederic Jacobs

This book is a collection of papers written by researchers, teachers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of social sciences. The topics in the book include a wide range of studies from the analysis of social science textbooks to the teachers’ image on newspapers, from the relationship between self-efficacy and cognitive level to the role of organizational silence on the academicians’ loneliness in the working life.

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This book, Research on Social Studies, is a collection of papers on social studies written by educators and researchers. The topics include the analysis of social science textbooks, the teacher image on the newspapers, the relationship between self-efficacy and cognitive level, the role of organizational silence on the academicians’ loneliness in the working life and so on.

The first paper in this book was written by Nihat Karaer and Gulsen Altintas. In their study, Karaer and Altintas analyzed the genre and themes in the fourth grade social science textbooks. In the following study, Yaser Arslan and Soner Polar investigated the teacher image in the articles in the Turkish newspapers. Serpil Gunaydin and Gulcan Ozturk in their study examined the relationship between computer teacher candidates’ perception toward self-efficacy and their cognitive flexibility level. Similar to the previous studies in the book, Yucel Gelisli and Nuriye In analyzed the entrepreneurship skills in the fourth and fifth grade social science coursebooks. Senel Gercek and Hulya Cevirme compared the language and literature teaching programmes in Turkey and Finland and then discussed those similarities and and differences. In the following study, Mehmet Ulutas and Hasan Arslan in their qualitative study explored how the academic administrators in the universities viewed informatics leadership. I. Umit Yapici, in his study with 223 high school students in Diyarbakir, analyzed how they perceived laboratory concept with metaphors. The following paper by Z. Ezgi Haliloglu Kahraman explored the university students’ expectations about knowledge, skills, and teaching methods...

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