Author(s): Nezahat Hamiden KARACA• Fatma Betül ŞENOL** Tuğçe AKYOL*** Neriman ARAL

The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of field trips on recognition and learning of social and cultural features of the environment where the preschool children live. 4 female and 7 male children who attend a public school, one preschool teacher and three parents were included in the study. Within the scope of the study, case study which is one of the qualitative research methods was used and a Turkish delight factory in Afyonkarahisar province was visited. In the context of the study, a field trip which consists of pretrip, during trip and post-trip activities was planned and carried out with the study group. Semi – structured interview forms, the pictures of Turkish delight the children draw before and after the trip were used as data collection tools. The data collected in the study was evaluated using content analysis. At the result of findings of the interview forms applied before and after the trip and the pictures the children drew; it was observed that the children attained new information on Turkish delight, the production stages of Turkish delight has attracted their interests and they felt excited and happy during the experience. Besides, when compared with the pictures before the trip, the pictures they drew after the trip were more detailed. It was observed that the children asked many questions, seemed very happy and watched the activities in the factory very carefully. The parents who took part in the trip expressed their enjoyment upon participating in the trip and the contributions of such trips in terms of social and cultural development of children. At the result of the interview with the teacher, she emphasized that field trips give students opportunity to live and learn, enable retention in learning through concrete experiences and supports social life experiences


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