AN EVALUATION OF CHANGES IN THE CURRICULUM IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL IN TURKEY

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					AN EVALUATION OF CHANGES IN THE CURRICULUM IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL L
M Akif Helvaci
Education; Winter 2009; 130, 2
				
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Description: The aim of this study is to evaluate the changes in the curriculum of 1-5 grades in Elementary Schools and the efficiency of school administrator in managing change in the change process. The questionnaire was applied to the school administrators for the elementary schools of Usak province of Turkiye. The questionnaire comprises 3 open-ended questions.. Firstly, it was emphasized that lack of finances, resistance by the teachers and inadequate structures at schools such as building, equipments (tools, labs and computers) and physical infrastructures, were the main factors preventing changes and innovations at elementary schools. Secondly, it was found out that elementary school principals were not sufficient enough to carry out changes "completely". Lastly, elementary school teachers had possessed the following competencies which are necessary for having changes effectively at schools: "having leadership feature", having positive attitudes towards changes and innovations (such as believing and being receptive to have changes or innovations, and developing oneself", "having specific personal characteristics (such as honesty, foresight, dynamism, patience, convincing and determination" and "being able to get ready the school staff to the changes and innovations (giving necessary information to the staff and having functional meetings and seminars)". [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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