Author(s): Muhammet AVAROÄULLARI
The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not social studies teachers and teacher candidates use democratic participation mechanisms sufficiently. This research is a descriptive study which employs survey method which is one of the quantitative research methods. Participants of the study are 70 4th grade social studies teacher candidates in a state university in Southwestern Turkey and 28 in-service social studies teachers teaching schools of the same province. The data have been collected through a questionnaire developed by the researcher after an examination of the related literature. The results indicate that both social studies teacher and teacher candidates should participate more. However since participation levels of teacher candidates are especially poor, some corrective precautions are advised.