PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS VIEWS ABOUT MAKING TEACHING METHODS AUTHENTIC AND THEIR LEVEL OF USAGE

Abstract

Author(s): Abdullah KALKAN, G羹lay BED?R, Yasemin KALKAN

In order for the teacher candidates to be better qualified they should be trained fully equipped during their college education in areas such as communication, class management, educational planning, using technological tools effectively, general knowledge and knowledge in their subject area, and choosing and using the right tools and methods for the class. The important factors to reach the desired goals through educational activities are selecting and applying the best suited methods and techniques to the class, the subject and the level of the student. In particular this is more significant at pre school education which is the beginning of a child’s educational life. The purpose of the research is helping for teachers to internalize known methods and techniques and assessing the application levels of these methods and techniques on the new pre-school program. The study group of the research consists of 38 pre-school teachers from nine schools of which two of them are nursery classes of primary schools and seven of them are detached kindergartens. In the study, a semistructured interview form consisting of open-ended questions developed by the researcher was used. This research is a qualitative study, and content analysis was performed through a qualitative study pattern. Detached kindergartens and nursery classes of primary schools were included in this research. According to the research findings, Question and answer, drama, brainstorming, and demonstration are the methods and techniques learned by teachers during their college education. The techniques that make students happy when applied have been identified as drama, demonstration and test.

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