What Trends Do Turkish Biology Education Studies Indicate?

Umdu Topsakal Ü., ÇALIK M., Çavuş R.

International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, vol.7, no.4, pp.639-649, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


The aim of this study is to determine what trends Turkish biology education studies indicate. To achieve this aim, the researchers examined online databases of the Higher Education Council and open access archives of graduate theses in web sites of Turkish universities. Finally, totally 138 graduate theses were elicited to analyze in regard to following matrix: year, research interest, research methodology and sample. The results show that descriptive study for research interest and survey for research methodology are highly dominant in the graduate theses under investigation. Also, even though learning involves an interaction amongst student, teacher, parent and administrator, there is no study on investigating what the students' parents think about their learning responsibility. It is suggested that further studies should be undertaken to emerge Turkish biology education trend.