Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research

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ISSN / EISSN : 19494270 / 19494289
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Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research; doi:10.29329/epasr

Gözde Bekir Yıldırım & Serkan Timur Gözde Okal, Ministary Of National Education, Bekir Yıldırım, Serkan Timur, Muş Alparslan Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 143-165; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.8

This study aimed to determine the effect of teaching model developed on coding education on students' self-efficacy and attitude towards technology. The research was conducted on 64 students who were the 5th, 6th and 7th grades of a secondary school during the fall semester of 2018-2019 academic years. The research was designed in accordance with the exploratory sequential design from mixed research designs. The data were collected through the programming self-efficacy scale, the technology attitude scale and semi-structured interview form. The results of the analysis of quantitative data indicated that the model developed for coding education had a positive effect on students' programming self-efficacy and attitudes towards technology. It was found that the students expressed positive opinions about coding education. The students think that coding education facilitates the teaching of many different subjects such as mathematics and science. The students also think that they can do many activities such as code/program writing, designing games and robots, and solving problems with their coding education.
Ihsan İhsan Topcu & Soner Doğan, Sivas Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi, Soner Doğan
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 205-221; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.11

Schools must cooperate with parents to be effective. “Families are critical to children’s educational success” as Sheldon (2018, vii), declared. The history of cooperation with parents is quite old. One effective way of cooperating with parents is home visits. The impacts of home visits on school-parent cooperation and student outcomes have been revealed in the researches. Since home visits are mostly an out-of-school activity, they are made with the dedication and personal efforts of the teachers. This study aims at revealing the opinions of teachers and principals about home visiting practices in Turkish primary and secondary schools. This is a qualitative research. The study group consists of 12 secondary schools and 10 primary schools in Sivas city center. So, the questionnaires developed by the researchers were distributed to the determined schools. The survey forms were distributed to volunteer teachers and principals. 102 survey forms from teachers and 41 principals were evaluated in accordance with the research purpose. The data obtained from the research were analyzed by content analysis method. The results show that both principals and teachers believe the positive effects of home visits and they find home visits necessary to build an effective school environment. However, they have some reservations of home visit practices.
Nur Akcanca, Education Faculty
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 7-24; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.1

This study aimed to investigate teacher candidates’ perspectives about the ‘Basic Science in Primary Education’ course which adopted inquiry-based instruction approach. The participants of this study consisted of 87 teacher candidates (18 males, 69 females) who continued their education in the Department of Primary School Teaching at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University in the 2019-2020 academic year. A form which consisted of 5 questions was used to investigate the perspectives of the primary school teacher candidates about the science course called ‘Basic Science in Primary Education’ and to understand their opinions about the process of designing a course and applying course plans using an inquiry-based instruction. Descriptive codes were used to find out the opinions of the teacher candidates, which also helped analyse the data obtained from the form and interpret the results of the study. The results of the study showed that the teacher candidates shared their awareness and knowledge about teaching science effectively, which changed with this course. The teacher candidates also revealed that they learned the qualifications of teaching science effectively. In addition, despite the awareness that the teacher candidates gained about inquiry-based instruction approach, they shared that they struggled with planning and applying designed course plans. The study suggests that courses aiming to focus on science education ought to have applied practices beyond giving theoretical knowledge.
Zülal Zülal Ayar & Nalan Kızıltan, Ankara University, Nalan Kızıltan, Ondokuz Mayıs University
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 188-204; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.10

The impetus behind the design of this current research is to check the influence of cartoons on vocabulary learning strategies of students who have been exposed to three classics from English literature, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. To that end, a vocabulary learning strategy test has been adopted in this quasi-experimental research which completely covers similar word units as in cartoons and hence aims to reveal favoured strategies of students besides clarifying the differences between the male and the female as well as three age groups, 10-19, 20-29 or 30 and elder. 20 randomly assigned participants working on extracts in plain texts without any comic strips were in control group, whereas 47 Turkish EFL students were in the experiment group reading cartoons in colour or black and white format. It was found out that the common vocabulary learning strategies that were used by the experimental group were determination and metacognitive strategies, whereas control group mainly adopted memory, social and metacognitive strategies. In terms of gender, the females practised determination and memory strategies, while the male students opted for social, metacognitive and cognitive strategies. Finally, 10-19 and 30 or elder subjects mostly utilized metacognitive and social strategies; however, the success of 20-29 year-old students centred around determination and memory strategies.
Ayça Avcı, Adiyaman University
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 271-283; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.15

The aim of this study is to determine, as expressed in metaphors, the attitudes of the students of music department in the Fine Arts High School (FAHS) in the 2019-2020 academic year. The study was carried out with 37 music students in 9th and 12th grades of Mersin Adıyaman Fine Arts High School. In line with the phenomenological research design, a form including the statement “The piano lesson is like… Because...” was used to collect the data for the study. Determining the attitudes of the students of the music department towards the piano is critical in terms of increasing the quality of piano learning and music education. Since metaphors are crucial in determining the student's attitude towards a musical instrument, the metaphors that are used by the student are extremely important. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the metaphorical meanings assigned to the piano by FAHS music students. The data were categorized by using content and frequency analysis techniques, which revealed 34 positive and three negative metaphorical definitions about the piano instrument. The findings indicate that most of the participants have positive metaphoric definitions of the piano.
Yusuf Gamze Çelik & Ayşe Dağ Pestil Yusuf Avcı, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Gamze Çelik, Ayşe DAĞ Pestil
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 386-405; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.22

Language plays a critical role in an individual’s adapting to a community and developing a sense of friendship and belonging. In its absence, Humans suffer from a lack of trust in each other since they cannot speak in the same language. If they fail to communicate, this incapability leads to problems. Additionally, individual and common social communication can beperformed by language education, as well and language education is directly associated with the cultural transmission. Kyrgyzstan Turkey Manas University functions as an educational bridge between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan and offers education in Turkish (Turkey Turkish). Moreover, there are Turkey Turkish departments at Humanitarian Social Sciences University and Yusuf Balasagun Kyrgyz National University in Kyrgyzstan. The ongoing Language Reinforcement Project annually offers training to the students of these departments of the contracted organizations for six months. According to the scholars’ views how the Kyrgyz students who had the chance to come to Turkey via the Language Reinforcement Projectwere affected by the internship in general and how the components of this project will contribute to Turkish and Kyrgyz peopleare the research questions of the study.The sample of the research consists of ten volunteer scholars working at Yusuf Balasagun Kyrgyz National University in Kyrgyzstan in the Fall Term of the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Six female and four male scholars participated in the research. This study is a qualitative research study and the data collection tool of the study is the interview. According to the results of the study, the scholars expressed their satisfaction with the students’ internship or training in Turkey as well as the other advantages.
Mehmet Özcan, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 303-321; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.17

This study aims to analyze school principles’ supervision practices according to teachers’ opinions. The study employs phenomenology design out of qualitative research methods. The data of the study were gathered in 2019-2020 academic year from 16 teachers who had been working in state schools for 16 or more years through face to face interviews via a semi-structured interview form. The study attempted to reveal participating teachers’ opinions on school principles’ supervision based on their experiences with regard to teachers’ professional development, motivation, affectivity and objectivity of supervision. The first finding of the study reveals that school principals’ sharing experience, mutual work, being organized, overcoming insufficiencies and satisfaction contribute to teachers’ professional development. Second finding of the study states that support, constructive criticism, appreciation and communication increase teachers’ motivation. According to the third finding of the study school principals’ administrator role, supervision knowledge, supervisor role and continuity are factors of effective supervision. Last finding of the study explains that impartiality, equity, sense of mission and meticulousness are needed for objectivity of supervision. Results are discussed and suggestions are provided.
Ahmet Akkaya, Adıyaman Üniversitesi
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 351-370; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.20

“Persuasion” has been a key concept for human communication throughout history. Humans constantly try to persuade or are persuaded since they are in a continuous state of communication and interaction. The aim of this study is to determine the persuasion strategies related to understanding and explaining skills used by the teachers of Turkish language in creating learning environments. For this purpose, a semi-structured interview form was created with the Google Docs and 46 Turkish teachers volunteered to answer the questions. Examination of the Turkish language teachers’ opinions revealed that they developed positive and negative persuasion strategies. The positive persuasion strategies by frequency are rewarding, experience transfer, arousing interest, establishing condition-and-effect relationships, giving responsibility, conversing, trusting, motivating, caring, empathizing, performing needs assessment, building cause-and-effect relationships, establishing positive style, creating environment, developing a culture of reconciliation, giving feedback, establishing rules, building aim-and-effect relationships, body language, creating consciousness, using the question-answer method, listening, providing feedback, being respectful, presenting alternative sources, making a difference, getting to know the student, going from the known towards the unknown, being student-oriented, guidance, going from simple to complex, working together, drawing attention, creating awareness, cooperative learning, perseverance, the separation into small groups, being patient, and association with real life. The negative persuasion strategies by frequency are punishment, competition, verbal warning, using grading as a threat, admonition, singling students out, doing nothing, comparison, negative style, conscientious pressure and necessity. Preservice or in-service teachers may be given training on persuasion strategies so that they can become aware of these strategies and apply them more effectively.
Kısmet Kısmet Deliveli & Erkan Kıral, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi, Erkan Kıral, Adnan Menderes University
Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, Volume 15, pp 78-103; doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.251.5

This research study aiming at revealing the relationship between emotional labor behaviors and organizational commitment perception levels of the instructors working in faculties of education, was designed in the relational screening model. The research was carried out with 365 volunteer instructors selected by proportional cluster sampling method and working in 12 Faculties of Education in ADIM Universities in Turkey. The data of the research was collected by using Organizational Commitment Scale and Emotional Labor Scale. Descriptive and inferential statistical techniques were used in data analysis. As a result of the research, it was revealed that the instructors exhibited surface acting behaviors and affective commitment at the highest level. The instructors emotional labor levels were found to be significantly different according to their educational status and whether they did their job willingly or not; while their organizational commitment levels were found to be significantly different according to their title and whether they did their job willingly or not. It was also found that there were positive, low level and moderate, significant relationships between the instructors’ emotional labor levels and their organizational commitment. It was revealed that the instructors’ genuine acting and deep acting behaviors significantly predicted their affective, normative and overall commitment; while their surface acting, deep acting and genuine acting behaviors significantly predicted their continuance commitment. Various suggestions were made such as increasing emotional labor behavior levels of the instructors and appointing the instructors who are eager to do their job willingly.
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