Teacher Opinions on the Latest Curriculum and the Problems Experienced in Teaching Grade 11 Physics Curriculum Topics


BAYRAK C. , BEZEN S. , AYKUTLU I.

HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, cilt.30, ss.16-30, 2015 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Dergi Adı: HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.16-30

Özet

This study aims to determine the opinions of physics teachers on the problems experienced in teaching Grade 11 Physics curriculum topics and the latest physics curriculum to be implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year. Qualitative research methods were used in the study participated by 20 physics teachers teaching Grade 11 Physics at 10 different Anatolian High Schools in Eankaya, Ankara during the 2012-2013 academic year. A semi-structured teacher interview form with 10 open-ended questions was also used. Data obtained during the interviews were applied the descriptive analysis technique. At the end of the study, teachers indicated the weakness in students' mathematical operation skills and the lack of time allocated with respect to the Grade 11 physics topics of "Force and Movement" and "Modern Physics" and that they had difficulties in teaching the abstract concepts particularly in "Modern Physics". Teachers mentioned as a positive improvement that the intensity of physics topics were reduced in the latest physics curriculum to be implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year and the number of Physics classes per week in Grades 11 and 12 have been increased. However, they stated that the curriculum lacked certain topics, which would cause certain issues in the future according to their point of view. It is recommended that in-service training activities or seminars on the latest curriculum would be useful for teachers to facilitate their adaptation to the program.