Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1837

Full Length Research Paper

Comparison of seventh-grade Turkish and Iranian social studies textbooks in terms of value education

Kemal Kaya
  • Kemal Kaya
  • Department of Teaching Turkish and Social Studies, Faculty of Education, Van Yuzuncu Yil University, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 13 September 2019
  •  Accepted: 28 October 2019
  •  Published: 30 November 2019


One of the objectives of comparative education research is to compare within a certain period of time educational systems that have developed in similar or different environments and processes. The aim of this qualitative study is to compare the value education in Turkish and Iranian seventh-grade social studies textbooks. Data were collected using document analysis. Results show that both books underscore the values of scientificity, sensitivity and responsibility. Unlike the Turkish social studies textbook, the Iranian social studies textbook addresses the religious aspects of those values as well. The Iranian social studies textbook also highlights the values 30% more than its Turkish counterpart. This article examining textbooks is limited to determining the placement of values; it is not intended to measure the effectiveness of textbooks in the formation of attitudes.


Key words: Social studies curriculum, social studies textbook, Turkey, Iran, values.