Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists

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ISSN / EISSN : 2149-360X / 2149-360X
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Lloyd Daniel Tlale
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 535-545; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1185369

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The aim of the study to examine pastoral care standards afforded to children in conflict with the law (CCL) at correctional facilities. Pastoral care is the response by caregivers to the needs of young offenders such as emotional suffering and moral injury. Pastoral care plays an essential role in the lives of the CCL. The need for pastoral care and assistance for CCL with several personal problems is growing. This study employs interpretive qualitative paradigm to investigate the experiences of the young offenders and the role played by pastoral care in correctional facilities, the content of pastoral care and the degree to which pastoral care is beneficial to rehabilitation. The study, which took place in 2020, included eighteen participants. The findings reveal that pastoral care utilise a combination of religious and lay methods of counselling and is highly favourable to rehabilitation. Further, it was found that the people offering pastoral care view rehabilitation of CCL as fundamental to correctional treatment and has been linked to the decline in reoffending. The article concludes that the serious shortage of trained individuals to offer beneficial pastoral care and counselling for (CCL).
Mehmet Özdoğru
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 523-533; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1179945

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The purpose of this research is to examine the reasons that prevent teachers' professional competencies from turning into performance, according to teachers' views. The research was designed in the phenomenology pattern, which is one of the qualitative research designs. The study group of the research consists of 14 teachers working in public schools in Odunpazarı district of Eskişehir province. A semi-structured interview form was used as a data collection tool in the research. Research data were obtained from interviews with teachers. Content analysis technique, which is one of the qualitative data analysis techniques, was used in the analysis of the data. In the research, 7 sub-themes emerged under the theme of obstacles in the transformation of teachers' professional competence into performance. These sub-themes are working conditions, managerial attitudes, legal regulations, personal reasons, student-related reasons, parents-related reasons, and economic reasons. In the research, 7 sub-themes emerged from the opinions of the teachers under the theme of what needs to be done to turn professional competence into performance. These sub-themes are; improving working conditions, things to be done by school administrators, things to be done about lessons, applicable policies and legal regulations, things to be done for students, things to be done by parents, and improving personal and economic rights. When the findings obtained as a result of the research were evaluated, it was seen that multiple factors prevented teachers' professional competencies from turning into performance. In particular, the fact that non-teaching reasons are more than teacher-related reasons shows that non-teaching factors play an important role in teacher performance.
Yılmaz Demir
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 487-502; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1135256

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In this study, it is aimed to examine the social studies academic achievements of secondary school students in Turkey according to various behaviors (adaptation to school culture, self-care, self-awareness, communication and social interaction, conforming to common values, solution-oriented, participation in social activities, teamwork and responsibility, efficient study, environmental sensitivity). In accordance with this purpose, in the fall term of 2021-2022, “the primary school institutions classroom passing book” and “the evaluation schedule of student behavior” showing the course grades and behavior grades of a total of 484 seventh graders who were studying at six public secondary schools in Kilis city center was reached. The data obtained were transferred to SPSS 23 program and analyzed. In the research, significant differences were found between the students’ academic achievements and “adaptation to school culture”, “self-care”, “self-awareness”, “communication and social interaction”, “conforming to common values”, “solution-oriented”, “participation in social activities”, “teamwork and responsibility”, “efficient study”, “environmental sensitivity”. The research findings showed that the academic success of the social studies course was in favor of students who were ‘very good’ and ‘very good’ among students whose behavior level was ‘good’ and ‘should be improved’, with “adaptation to school culture”, “self-care”, “self-awareness”, “communication and social interaction”, “conforming to common values”, “solution-oriented”, “teamwork and responsibility”, “efficient study” and “environmental sensitivity.”
Mehmet Özdoğru, Emel Zengin, Çiğdem Altun
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 453-463; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1164484

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In this research, it is aimed to examine the "Erasmus+ School Education Staff Mobility (KA101)" projects in the context of their contributions to teachers. The research was structured in a typical case pattern, which is one of the qualitative research designs. The study group of the research consists of 28 teachers working in secondary schools in Eskişehir province Odunpazarı district. The research data were obtained as a result of the interviews with the teachers trained in Europe within the scope of the "Erasmus+ School Education Staff Mobility (KA101): Model of the Future in Education, Flipped Classrooms" project. As a result of the research, opinions about the contribution of "Erasmus+ School Education Staff Mobility (KA101)" projects to teachers were gathered under two themes, professional development and personal development. In the theme of providing professional development, it is seen that the views of getting to know the education systems of different countries, knowing different cultures, active learning, cooperation with colleagues and gaining a project culture come to the fore. However, it is understood that the participants emphasized the views of transferring good practices to the school, gaining experience, gaining an education vision, learning new practices, comparing education systems and team spirit. In the theme of personal development, it is seen that the views of socialization, seeing different countries and increasing self-confidence come to the fore. In addition, the participants drew attention to the development of foreign language, development of communication skills, development of problem-solving skills and gaining entrepreneurship skills.
Adem Beldağ
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists pp 503-521; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1153098

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Science and Art Centers (BİLSEM) operate within the body of the Ministry of National Education (MEB) in Turkey in order to develop individual talents and raise awareness of gifted students in preschool, primary school, secondary school and high school in a way that does not disrupt their education at schools. Identifying gifted students at an early age and educating them in line with their abilities is of great importance not only for the individual happiness of these children, but also for the society. In this direction, the main purpose of the study is to examine the value acquisitions of gifted students studying at Science and Art Centers (BİLSEM) in terms of different variables. The sample of the study, which was designed in accordance with the quantitative approach according to the survey model, consists of 712 BİLSEM students from 14 different provinces determined by the maximum diversity sampling method. The “Values Education Scale” developed by Beldağ (2012) and consisting of seven sub-dimensions was used to collect the data. T-test and one-way analysis of variance were used in the analysis of the data. As a result of the research, it was concluded that the variables of gender, mother's education level, grade level, type of program followed and special interest (hobby) were effective in the value acquisition of gifted students. In line with the results of the study, it has been suggested to include more values education practices in the contents of BİLSEM.
Derya Özlem Yazlik, Solmaz Damla Gedik Altun, Deniz Kaya
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 465-477; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1151891

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The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between the reflective thinking levels of secondary school mathematics teacher candidates and their philosophical thoughts about the nature of mathematics. In addition, it was also aimed to examine whether the reflective thinking levels of pre-service mathematics teachers differ significantly according to the absolutist, mixed and quasi-experimental groups. For this purpose, the relational survey model was used in the research. The research was carried out with 196 volunteer secondary school mathematics teacher candidates studying in the mathematics education program in the spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. At the end of the study, it was determined that both the reflective thinking levels of the mathematics teacher candidates and their philosophical thoughts about the nature of mathematics were at a high level. In addition, it was determined that there was a moderately significant positive correlation between the sub-dimensions of the reflective thinking levels of pre-service mathematics teachers and their philosophical thoughts about the nature of mathematics, which explained 44%. In addition, it was determined that the reflection sub-dimension predicted the prospective teachers' philosophical thoughts on the nature of mathematics positively, and the habit sub-dimension statistically predicted negatively. Finally, it was concluded that there is a statistically significant difference between the quasi-experimental group, mixed and absolutist groups in favor of the quasi-experimental group in the critical reflection, reflection and comprehension skills of the secondary school mathematics teacher candidates, and in the habit sub-dimension, there is a statistically significant difference between the absolutist group, the mixed and quasi-experimental groups in favor of the absolutist group has been reached.
Vedat Aktepe, Gülüzar Ergin, Leyla Aktepe, Ahmet Emre Ergin
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 498-516; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1161859

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The development of educational technologies has contributed positively to learning and teaching process by diversifying educational environments and activities. With the development of distance education programs, it has also become possible to conduct online and offline courses through distance education. Due to the measures implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic that emerged in the world and in our country, face-to-face education could not be provided at schools, and teachers and students benefited from distance education. The purpose of this study is to investigate distance education process of gifted students and their teachers at the Science and Art Center (BİLSEM) during the Covid-19 pandemic. A case study method which is one of the qualitative research methods was used in the research, and data were collected through interview questions. The sample of the research consists of teachers and students at Halil İncekara Science and Art Center in Nevşehir. Data were collected with a semi-structured interview and analyzed descriptively. According to the results of the research, the advantage of distance education process is an increase in the efficiency of using time, space, transportation, and technology. On the other hand, the disadvantages of distance education are listed as limited socialization, problems in activities that require practice, lack of technological infrastructure and hardware, problems in the Internet connection, difficulty in understanding the subjects, an increase in communication problems and lack of peer interaction.
Gökçe Ok
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 435-451; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1141693

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The aim of this study is to present studies on nature and environmental education in related literature from 1977 to the present time by using bibliometric method. Nature and environmental education, which has an increasing popularity especially in the last years, gain a place in so many countries’ teaching policy. Thus, increasing number of scientific studies and researches on this field in the related literature draw attention. In this study, publications in nature and environmental education have been examined both bibliometrically and in content, and their distribution by years, institutions, journals, citations and the features of co-works have been presented with descriptive and visual maps. Web of Science (WoS) Core Collection database has been used in obtaining data. “Nature education” and “Environmental education” terms were scanned with the aim of reaching highest number of studies from database. A total of 1312 publications have been included in study through various filtering processes. Bibliometric analysis techniques have been used in data analysis. VOSviewer programme has been used in determining the network analysis of those data obtained. In the study, the distribution of publications by years, the authors with the most publications, the journals, institutions and countries with the most publications have been determined. Besides, those data obtained have been discussed in the light of related literature by forming visual maps together with co-author, co-citation taken together, co-word and co-citation analyses. At the end of the study, some suggestions have been provided in the light of findings obtained.
Ismail Gelen, Ahmet Kaçan
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 411-434; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1140286

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It is known that gifted individuals who receive education in Science and Art Centers (BİLSEM) have problems in reaching different educations in accordance with their individual competencies. This study aimed to determine the expectations of gifted students towards distance education, to show that this training can be given with the distance education method after the courses offered through distance education, and to develop an alternative way for the future. Explanatory sequential design, one of the mixed research types in which quantitative and qualitative research designs are used together, was employed in the research. The study group of the research consisted of 40 gifted students and 40 parents of these students in three BİLSEMs. The quantitative data of the study were analyzed by using the SPSS program. Quantitative data of the study were obtained with a "10-items student online learning expectations form and 5-items parent evaluation form". Qualitative data of the study were obtained with an 8-items student self-evaluation form. In the research, 4 weeks of distance education were given to the students; "Astronomy, Thinking Skills, Teaching Mathematics with Origami, Robotic Coding, Intelligence Games and Values Education" lessons were explained, and the data obtained at the end of the application were analyzed and interpreted with the MAXQDA program. As a result, it is revealed that gifted students in BİLSEMs are quite satisfied with the distance education training within this study's scope. In addition, the present study showed that education programs can be rearranged and made suitable for distance education for the emergent transitions to distance education that emerged with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Gökşen Üçüncü, Ferhat Karakaya, Mehmet Yilmaz, Ayşe GİRENGİR
Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists, Volume 10, pp 399-409; https://doi.org/10.17478/jegys.1135189

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This study aims to improve the awareness of preschool children about the concept of seed. In line with the purpose of the research, the changes in children’s prior knowledge about seeds after implementing the activities that address the different skills in the acquisitions and indicators in the preschool curriculum were examined. The research was conducted with 198 preschool children attending a public preschool in the province of Izmir in the 2021-2022 academic year. The children’s ages range from 4 to 6 years. During the research process, teachers were firstly given training about seed plants, flowering plants, fruit, seeds, and seed germination by academicians who are experts in the field of biology. The teachers who received this training also carried out 8 activities with children about the topics of what the seed is, the importance of the seed, and the benefits of seed preservation. With the aim of determining the children's prior knowledge about seeds, open-ended structured questions developed by the researchers were asked to the children before the activities, and their answers were recorded. The same questions were asked after the activities were completed and the answers were recorded again. This study is a case study, one of the qualitative research methods. One-third of the children’ answers were coded by two independent experts, and then preliminary codes were created. Afterward, all responses were evaluated with these codes. The results of the analysis determined that while the knowledge and awareness of the children about seeds were low at the beginning, this level increased after the study. The study is thought to contribute to teachers and researchers who develop activities on seed awareness in the preschool period.
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