International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Curriculum Ideologies: Re-exploring Prospective Teachers’ Perspectives
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ismail Marulcu, Assist. Prof. Dr. Cenk Akbiyik

Curriculum ideologies are personal beliefs about what educational institutions should teach, for what ends, and for what reasons. This survey type study aims to investigate pre-service teachers’ curriculum ideologies. The participants consist of 242 senior pre-service teachers enrolled in various teacher preparation programs at the college of education in a mid-size university. The obtained data were analyzed using frequencies, percentages, and arithmetic means. In conclusion, data analysis revealed that teacher candidates’ perspectives show weak child centered and strong social characteristics. In general, the social reconstruction ideology is dominant among them. Pre-service teachers see the mission of schools as being the construction of a better society indicating that they perceive society as fragile and problematic.

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