Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1918

Full Length Research Paper

Turkish pre-service social studies teachers’ perceptions of “Good” citizenship

Cemil Cahit Yesilbursa
  • Cemil Cahit Yesilbursa
  • Gazi University, Gazi Education Faculty, Ankara, Turkey
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  •  Received: 23 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 20 February 2015
  •  Published: 10 March 2015

Abstract

The current study explores Turkish pre-service social studies teachers’ perceptions of “good” citizenship. The participants were 580 pre-service social studies teachers from 6 different universities in Turkey. The data were collected through an interview form having one open-ended question and analyzed according to open coding procedure. The results of the study show that Turkish pre-service social studies teachers’ perceptions of “good” citizenship are personally responsible, in other words, accordant with the traditional citizen type.  Accordingly, pre-service social studies teachers mostly perceive good citizens as people who are honest, decent, loyal to the government and patriotic.

Key words: Social studies, good citizen, citizenship education, pre-service teachers.