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2020, Cilt 10, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 215-223
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2020.383
Analysis of Post-Graduate Theses Conducted in Turkey about Distance Education of the Disabled Individuals
Sinem KARABEY1, Zeynep TURAN2, M. Emre KESKİN3, Vecihi YİĞİT3
1Ataturk University, Distance Education Application and Research Center, Erzurum, Turkey
2Ataturk University, Kazim Karabekir Faculty of Education, Department of Computer and Instructional Technologies Education, Erzurum- Turkey
3Ataturk University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Erzurum, Turkey
Keywords: Disabled individuals, Distance education, Master thesis, Doctoral thesis, Content analysis

The purpose of this study is to analyze the post-graduate theses conducted in Turkey about distance education of the disabled individuals in terms of methodological trends, type of the study, examined disability types, subjects, course areas, and variable types. For this purpose, post-graduate theses listed in national theses database centers of Council of Higher Education of Turkey were reviewed, and as a result of this review, 14 post-graduate theses were analyzed. The content analysis method was used as a research methodology in this study. Theses downloaded from the national theses database center were analyzed using the analysis forms prepared by the researchers. Consequently, it was observed that the first thesis about the distance education of the disabled individuals was conducted in 1986, and there was a slight increase in the number of theses during the 2000’s. Besides, it was observed that quantitative and qualitative research methods were mostly used in the theses. It was also determined that the sample groups of the studies were mostly formed by mentally disabled individuals. It was found that the theses were mostly at the master of science level and mostly conducted in computer science departments. In addition to this, it was seen that the studies were mostly conducted in Trakya and Anadolu Universities. Finally, as a result of this study, it was found that the number of studies about the distance education of disabled individuals was low, and some suggestions were made for the interested researchers.

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