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Contemporary Approaches in Education

Edited By Kevin Norley, Mehmet Ali Icbay and Hasan Arslan

Contemporary Approaches in Education presents papers of the Fifth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Sixth European Conference on Social and Behavioral Sciences in Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey. The contributions deal with a wide range of educational issues, namely teaching and learning, educational policy and school psychology.
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A study of a Metaphor: The Opinions of Classroom Teachers Toward the Design of Future Learning Environments by using their 21st Century Means

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Introduction

Primary school is the basis of an individual’s formal education. It is essential that students be educated in a convenient, productive, and suitable environment for their development during primary school education. The educational activities during primary school are of such a nature that they pave the way for the whole life of an individual. Future learning environments need to be more individual-oriented and need to have a structure that combines nature and different mental areas with efficient communication. In terms of physical structure, the opinions of classroom teachers regarding the resources, teaching models, and the use of technology are of a great importance in the sense that they are precisely the ones that implement the system.

It has already been pointed out that educators should have the ability to adapt their skills and qualifications for educating individuals to the innovations of the 21st century. Primarily, this requires them to prepare for this situation and adapt to it. In this respect, the determination of the ways in which the teachers perceive future learning environments by using 21st century teaching means has a critical importance.

In regard to the education of those to be educators in the 21st century, the “skills and values” that those individuals should obtain can be indicated in the following subheadings. Therefore, the individual should:

• be able to use a computer and the internet;

• possess strong entrepreneurial knowledge;

• be able to develop different...

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