Skills in Social Studies Curricula in Turkey: An Examination in the Context of Socio-Cultural Interaction

Zafer Ibrahimoglu, Selda San

APA 6th edition
Ibrahimoglu, Z., & San, S. (2017). Skills in Social Studies Curricula in Turkey: An Examination in the Context of Socio-Cultural Interaction. European Journal of Educational Research, 6(2), 225-234. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.2.225

Ibrahimoglu Z., and San S. 2017 'Skills in Social Studies Curricula in Turkey: An Examination in the Context of Socio-Cultural Interaction', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 225-234. Available from:

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Ibrahimoglu, Zafer and San, Selda . "Skills in Social Studies Curricula in Turkey: An Examination in the Context of Socio-Cultural Interaction". (2017)European Journal of Educational Research 6, no. 2(2017): 225-234. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.2.225


The aim of this study was to chronologically examine the contents of the social studies curricula implemented in Turkey in terms of skills teaching in the context of socio-cultural interaction. In the study, the social studies curricula used since 1967 were subjected to content analysis, and the skills aimed to be taught to students in the contents of these curricula were listed. These lists were examined with reference to the socio-cultural conditions of the time they were implemented. Based on the findings, it can be stated that the contents and emphasis of skills cyclically varied across different social studies curricula in Turkey. There was sometimes an individual-centred and libertarian approach adopted in the curricula, while at other times an environment was present in which strict rules were dominant and the system was emphasized rather than the individual as part of the political and social conditions of the time.

Keywords: Social studies, instructional curriculum, skills, social interaction.


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