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2015, Cilt 5, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 099-108
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2015.113
The Views of the Social Studies Teachers About Chaotic Situations that Arise in Social Studies Education in 4+4+4 Educational System
1Bülent Ecevit University, Eregli Faculty of Education, Zonguldak, Turkey
2Gazi University, Institute of Educational Science, Ankara, Turkey
Keywords: Social studies lessons, 4+4+4 Educational system, Chaos, Complexity, Order

Named as 4+4+4 by the public, the law which extends the compulsory education in Turkey to 12 years stage by stage and which demands some amendments in Elementary Education Law Number 6287 and some other laws came into force by being published in the Official Gazette with number 28261 on 11th April, 2012. Social Studies was continued to be implemented in the 5, 6, 7 and 8th grades as a major area course in the 4+4+4 education system. The changes and innovations that are performed in the program have created different effects on the administrators, the teachers and the students at the schools. In this research, it was aimed to determine the opinions of the social studies teachers about the chaotic situations caused by innovations and changes experienced in social studies. The Research is a special case study conducted with the qualitative research approach. As a result, teachers who participated in the survey evaluated the positive and negative aspects of the 4+4+4 education system application. It is determined that the teachers who find the system negative had chaotic situations about student’s age, physical environment, application-guidance, harmony wih school, continuity of the system öngörülemeand administration problems. It is concluded that in social studies teaching, teachers had chaotic situations because of deficiency of the program, inadequate time of lessons causing not to catch up with the scheduled time, harmony problems of the students who begin the secondary school just after the fourth grade and students’ insufficiency in cognitive and sensual developmental levels of readiness. It is determined that students had chaotic problems caused by the change of their physical environment, leaving their friends and leaving their class teacher while trying to adapt to their new branch teacher. It is determined that these results made the teachers face chaotic and complex situations and caused them not to be able to foresee the future.

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