Edited By Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan
Analysis of Turkish Textbooks Prepared for Turkish Children Living Abroad in Terms of Education of Values / Teaching Values to Turkish Children Living Abroad: An Analysis of their Textbooks
European countries coming into reconstruction after World War II were soon faced with a deficit of manpower resulting from their economic growth. In these conditions, they tried to supply it with a foreign labour force (Canatan, 2007: 160). Starting from the 1960s, Turkey took part in this immigration process which resulted in an increase of the Turkish population in Europe. The fact that emigrant families settled down permanently in European countries has given rise to the problem of education. Today, it is a known fact that the third generation, bilingual but starting to forget the mother tongue, is faced with serious academic and social problems in these countries. For that reason, special effort should be made in order to prevent these individuals, raised in European countries, from being alienated from Turkish language and culture.
The Curriculum of Turkish Language and Culture Course for Turkish Children Abroad (1st-10th grades) was prepared in 2009 through a project called “Our Citizens Living Abroad” initiated by the Board of Education as a response to this problem. Turkish Language and Culture Course Books (1st-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-7th, 8th-10th-grades) published through this program have been sent abroad for Turkish Language and Culture Courses.
The Curriculum of Turkish Language and Culture Course for Turkish Children Abroad aims to help Turkish children in the diaspora to get acquainted with, adopt, and improve their Turkish language and culture skills. This program should reinforce their national feelings toward Atatürk’s revolution and...
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