An Evaluation of Programs of Ninth Grade Chemistry Course


SEÇKEN N. , KUNDUZ N.

HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, ss.344-358, 2013 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Dergi Adı: HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI EGITIM FAKULTESI DERGISI-HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.344-358

Özet

The aim of this study is to reveal the problems encountered by chemistry teachers in delivering the current ninth grade chemistry program and their views about the program. After identifying the problems experienced by teachers, these problems are used to see whether or not these concerns were avoided in the new program to be implemented beginning in the school year of 2013-2014. The participants of the study are nineteen chemistry teachers working in the Ankara district. The data of the study were collected through an interview form that included twelve items. Each participant was asked to answer these items in a semi-structured interview. The data of the study then were analyzed. The participants mostly reported that the program is not appropriate for the students' levels. They also emphasized that the content of the program is not consistent with the university entrance examinations students take. They also stated that class hours are not enough to deliver the program efficiently. It is further found that frequent change of programs has negative effects on teachers. The participants suggested that teachers should also involve in the process of program development to ensure that programs are consistent with both students' level and university entrance examinations. The new program is analyzed in terms of all these reported concerns and problems and in terms of whether or not new chemistry program provides solutions to these problems.