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ERIC Number: EJ1203934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1618-5293
A Half Century Journey of Social Studies in Turkey: Reflections from the 7th International Social Studies Education Symposium
Akbulut, Melisa; Açikalin, Mehmet
Journal of Social Science Education, v17 n4 p116-123 Win 2018
The seventh International Social Studies Education Symposium [ISSES] (Uluslararasi Sosyal Bilgiler Egitimi Sempozyumu, [USBES]) was held at Kirsehir Ahi Evran University in 2018 and many domestic and international researchers coming from different regions of the world participated. The symposium had two main themes; the first one was "Social Studies Education in Turkey in its 50th Anniversary"; aimed at evaluating and discussing the current status and the future of the Social Studies Education. This theme was dedicated to the 50th anniversary from the first introduction of Social Studies Education as a school subject in Turkey in 1968 (Akpinar & Kaymakçi, 2012). The second theme was "Kemalism/ Ataturkism and Democracy in Social Studies Education" which are among the foundational topics of Social Studies Education in Turkey. During three days, from October 11th to October 13th, 264 papers were presented, and the sessions were attended by more than four hundred participants, with an increased foreign participation compared to previous years. A wide range of participants from all regions of Turkey attended the symposium, from researchers and members of academia to teachers who attended with the special permission from the Turkish Ministry of National Education. As such, the symposium provided a fruitful environment for academics and practitioners to interact with each other, share knowledge and build collaborations. Furthermore, undergraduate and postgraduate students were encouraged to participate in the symposium and they were given the opportunity to present their work and build their networks, contributing to the development of their early careers. In this article, the author reflects on the 7th International Social Studies Education Symposium.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey