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ERIC Number: EJ900904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
The Perceptions of Prospective Teachers on the Democratic Aspects of the Constructivist Learning Environment
Bay, Erdal; Gundogdu, Kerim; Kaya, Halil Ibrahim
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v8 n2 p617-642 2010
Introduction: The nations which have the aim to create democratic societies should also realize the same ideals in educational practices. Related literature declare that learning environments based on constructivist approach is assumed to be democratic. In line with this frame, the aim of this study is to determine the perceptions of prospective teachers on the democratic aspects of constructivist learning environments. Method: The study was conducted with 229 prospective teachers who attended the Measurement and Evaluation course. In this study, learning environment which supported democratic values such as learner independence-autonomy, appreciation-respect, justice, respect for different ideas, acceptance of differences, shared understanding, collaborative work, responsibility and critical thinking, were constructed. Democratic constructivist learning environment scale, which was developed by the researchers, was utilized to obtain data. The scale whose validity and reliability was tested comprises 56 items. Results: The findings based on the perceptions of the prospective teachers revealed that the learning environments established in line with the principles of constructivist approach were democratic. Discussion and conclusion: On the basis of the data obtained from the prospective teachers that teacher training institutions should take into consideration of designing learning environments regarding constructivist approach. Prospective teachers' perceptions also suggested that establishing a democratic learning atmosphere may teach them how democracy affects the minds of minors in schools as the future citizens. (Contains 10 tables and 1 graph.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey