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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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The book Contemporary Approaches in Education is a collection of research papers on a wide range of educational issues written by educators and researchers from several different institutions.

The first chapter, Learning and Teaching, opens with a paper by Gürses, Doğar, and Dalga which bases itself on the premise that in Interactive Direct Teaching Based on Constructivist Learning (IDTBCL), learning can be evaluated as a change-oriented or mental process. They set out to show that this model promotes a more active role for the students in which they take into account the importance of concepts as mental elements in order to develop positive attitudes not only toward science and learning, but also toward scientific process skills which in turn will help them increase their achievements. The paper argues that the students who took part in the study developed a positive attitude toward the IDTBCL model and that through making the learning environments more dynamic, comfortable, and interesting, the model is a promising alternative solution to the traditional teaching approach based upon memorising. The study by Ahmetoğlu, Ercan, Ildiz, and Ergin aimed to investigate the classroom management skills of preschool teachers in terms of a range of variables. The study sample consisted of 175 voluntary preschool teachers who teach in independent kindergartens, preschools within primary schools, and in private nursery schools. The research study, which used a “relational scanning” model, concluded that the classroom management skills of the preschool teachers considered in the study...

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