The Current World Problems in the Social Studies and Geography Teacher Candidates' Mind Maps

Seyihoglu A., SEVER R., Ozmen F.

MARMARA GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW, no.37, pp.1-15, 2018 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 37
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-15
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This research has been conducted in order to determine the current world problems in the teacher candidates' mind maps. In this study that was conducted based on the qualitative approach, the phenomenology design that was a qualitative research design was used. The research was conducted on 200 teacher candidates at Social Studies Teacher Licensing Program and 100 teacher candidates at Geography Teacher Licensing Program at Karadeniz Technical University. In this research, the mind maps technique and the semi-structured interview technique were used together as data collection tool. The obtained data were analyzed by the content analysis method. At the end of the research, it was reached to the results that candidate teachers have a wide variety of informations about the current world problems and know the current world problems. The wars and invasions, global warming and greenhouse effect, natural disasters, hunger-famine and poverty issues are listed as the most important current world problems in the mind maps of candidate teachers. In the research, it were reached to the results that the information resources of candidate teachers about the current world problems are similar each other and the candidate teachers gained from many different sources the informations related to the current world problems. In the research, it was reached to the result that the nearly half of the candidate teachers said that have good level of sensitivity in terms of the current world problems. Again, in the research, it was also achieved to the result that before more than half of the teacher candidates do not join such organizations' activities but are willing to participate in terms of joing the activities of organizations seeking solutions to the current world problems.