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Teachers’ Challenge with Social Studies Curriculum: A Meta-synthesis Study

With adopting constructivist approach in educational policies, all the curriculums have been rewritten and in such a short time they have been released for the use of teachers. Since then, many studies have been conducted on application of social studies curriculum in different regions. In this study, the purpose is to provide a holistic view of the issues arising from teachers’ implementation of the social studies curriculum by using meta-synthesis method. In accordance with the criteria set by the researchers, 24 qualitative studies were included in the research. At the end of the study, it was concluded that introduction to the curriculum made at the preparation phase was not adequate, the existing physical conditions and tools and equipment of schools were not suitable for the implementation of the curriculum, the curriculum was not taking regional differences into account, there was an inconsistency between the centralized exam system and the curriculum.

Social studies, elementary education, curriculum, meta-synthesis, thematic synthesis


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