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In this study, the aim was to show that learners’ needs can be met using simple and cheap materials that can be found everywhere in 9th to 11th grade Chemistry courses. To this end, materials were developed using simple everyday life materials for 9th to 11th grade Chemistry courses. In the research, the project method was employed. The study was carried out in the 2011 to 2012 Academic Year by 9 fourth-grade students enrolled in the Chemistry Department at Ahi Evran University, as part of the course “Instructional Technologies and Material Design”. The research data were collected by each student, in the format “This is My Work”, by taking into consideration the eight stages. Materials designed in this project format were evaluated according to the material design principles specified by Yanpar (2007). In the end, 9 materials were developed, which could be linked with the learner’s need, which was aimed at accomplishing the listed objectives, and which fitted to the “This is My Work” project format. Authors of the mentioned books might be suggested to take into consideration these materials while revising their books. Photos of these materials are presented in Appendix 1-9. By taking these materials as examples, students may develop projects all around the world by using only simple and cheap everyday life materials. This way, the learner becomes aware of the act of learning and satisfies the need to learn.
Key words: Material development, ordinary materials from daily life, high school 9 to 11 grades chemistry course book, teacher candidates in department of chemistry, needs of learners, educatioal physchology, chemistry educatio
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