Are those who Raise Ideal Citizens Ideal themselves?: A Qualitative Research Based on the Views of Social Studies Teachers

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Year-Number: 2022-Volume 14, Issue 3
Number of pages: 823-835
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This research, which tries to reveal the views of social studies teachers on ideal citizenship, was designed under the basic qualitative research pattern evaluated within the perspective of qualitative research. The participant group of the research consists of 19 social studies teachers working in various provinces of Turkey during the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. The participants were determined by the easily accessible case sampling method. Again, the research data were collected with a semi-structured interview form prepared by the research group and the collected data were analyzed through content analysis and descriptive analysis. The research results show that the study findings are concentrated around three main themes. The first of these themes is “The ideal citizen and its characteristics”, the second one is “Am I an ideal citizen?” and the third one is “Supports and obstacles in my ideal citizenship”. It has been concluded that participants focused more on the concepts of responsibility, sensitivity, and patriotism in the theme of '' The ideal citizen and its characteristics'', also those who consider themselves as ideal citizens explained the reason for this situation as being responsible and patriotic, those who see themselves as partly ideal citizens consider themselves insensitive; Finally, factors such as social factors, environmental factors, education, and the profession have a tremendous effect on being an ideal citizen as in the ''the support and obstacles in my ideal citizenship'' theme. The research findings were discussed with the relevant literature and some recommendations were presented based on the results.

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