Investigation of Turkish Education Applied in Science and Art Centers to Gifted Students in Turkey

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Number of pages: 1560-1576

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The aim of this research is to determine the quality of Turkish education in Science and Art Centers (SACs) through the opinions and practices of teachers and students. In this research is a qualitative research where a case study design was adopted. The study group of this research was chosen as 19 teachers and 29 students from various SACs from different regions of Turkey in the 2017- 2018 Academic Year. Data were collected through the semi-structured teacher and student interview forms, semi-structured observations, reflective journaling, and documents. The collected data were analyzed using content analysis and descriptive analysis methods. It was found out that teachers who attend Turkish courses in SACs make different adjustments in curriculum according to the characteristics of gifted students and enrich the activities, use various methods and techniques, use various materials that attract students' attention in the teaching process and different assessment. It has been determined that students have positive opinions about Turkish education in SACs. It will be useful to organize training for teachers in cooperation with universities on new methods and techniques to support differentiation and enrichment. It will be beneficial to develop visually rich, technology-based and game-based materials for SACs Turkish lessons.

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