Author(s): Yeliz AKSOY? ,Burcu ?ENLER*
The aim of this study is to examine the primary school teachers' understanding of inquiry based science teaching in terms of various variables. For this purpose, the study was conducted using survey model of quantitative research designs. The sample of the study consisted of 169 primary school teachers (104 female and 65 male) working in 2 districts of a province in Aegean region. In order to determine the demographic characteristics of the primary school teachers, Personal Information Form which is structured with research variables was used. To determine the primary school teachers’ understanding of inquirybased science teaching, Understanding of InquiryBased Science Scale which was developed by Hong Kong Institute of Education (Lee and Shea, 2016) and adopted by ?enler and Aksoy (2017) were utilized. This scale is a 5point Likert-type scale consisting of 26 items. The data obtained from the study were analyzed by independent samples t-test and one-way ANOVA by using statistical package program in computer environment. As a result of the study, it was found that there was no significant in variables such as gender, the place of duty, the grade level, the faculty graduated from, the department graduated from, the participation in the training related to inquirybased teaching, and experiences with respect to understanding of inquirybased teaching. Suggestions were presented according to these results.