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ERIC Number: EJ1175790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-578X
Stakeholders' Views about the FATIH Project: Smart EFL Classrooms
Eksi, Gonca Yangin; Yesilyurt, Yusuf Emre
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, v14 n1 p360-376 2018
Turkey has launched a large national initiative to integrate information and communication technologies in education. FATIH project, valued at 8 billion$ and with tablet computers for every student from grade 5 to 12, interactive white boards and internet connection in every class, is often defined as ambitious, massive, grandiose and high-tech. The current study aims to investigate the effectiveness and efficiency of FATIH Project based on the views of stakeholders with particular reference to language teaching and learning process. The study has been carried out at a high school in Ankara, which has been a part of the project from the piloting phase. Forty three participants including seven English teachers, 20 students and 10 parents, two school administrators, three project officials and the General Director of Innovation and Education Technologies have been administered semi structured interviews. The study has revealed a distinction between the views of policy makers (officials in Ministry of National Education and Directory of Innovation and Education Technologies) and those of users (teachers and students). It appears that more briefings are needed to inform the teachers and students about the goals and planning of the project to ensure devotion and belief into the effectiveness of the project. The results also indicate that interactive whiteboards helped both language teachers to teach English effectively and students to improve language skills especially in listening, reading and writing by providing motivation via use of technology whereas tablet PCs are not thought to be cost effective by teachers, parents and students because of some technical and practical reasons.
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies. Hacettepe Universitesi, Egitim Fakultesi B Blok, Yabanci Diller Egitimi Bolumu, Ingiliz Dili Egitimi Anabilim Dali, Ankara 06800, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey (Ankara)
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