Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1870

Full Length Research Paper

Evaluation of Turkey’s 2013 Visual Arts (Grades 1-8) curriculum

Eylem Tataroğlu
  • Eylem Tataroğlu
  • Department of Visual Arts and Design, Faculty of Fine Arts Design and Architecture, Başkent University, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 17 September 2018
  •  Accepted: 18 December 2018
  •  Published: 10 February 2019


Turkey’s Ministry of National Education aims to identify and develop valuable characteristics to prepare the nation’s young for their professional life as adults. The Ministry has been conducting an extensive and comprehensive review of the educational system since the beginning of 2000. Educational system was implemented in time for the 2012/2013 academic year. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clarity; the developmental, ethical, and intellectual appropriateness of Turkey’s 2013 Arts Education policy to improve the Visual Arts curriculum. The evaluation shows that the curriculum contains significant erroneous information, creating misunderstandings regarding explanations of art and design in Visual Arts. The results of this study can be used as a reference for future academic and ministerial research.


Key words: Visual arts and design education, curriculum, evaluation, Turkish educational policy, visual arts curriculum.