CANDIDATE PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS? AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEMS AFFECTING OUR MOTHER TONGUE: OPINIONS AND SUGGESTIONS

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Author(s): Emine KOLAÇ

First acquired from mother, family, and the environment, mother tongue is a very strong bundle that ties individuals with society and its culture. First echelon of primary education is the time when base, love, and awareness of native language are formed; So, primary school teacher is the person who will furnish students with the love and sensitivity for mother tongue. Providing that primary school teacher is aware of and has sensitivity for his/her native language, and also can effectively use it; then, s/he can accurately act as a model for students. Primary school teachers should develop and internalize this kind of sensitivity and awareness prior to graduation. This study has been completed through survey model in order to determine candidate primary school teachers’ awareness of, sensitivity for, and opinions and suggestions regarding their mother tongue. Research universe consists of students studying at Primary School Teacher Training Program, Primary Education Department, College of Education at Anadolu University while research sample is composed of senior students studying at the same program. This study is limited with the answers given by senior students to open ended questions in the questionnaire. Open ended questions in the questionnaire have been analyzed through descriptive analysis method; and findings have been depicted quantitatively.

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