The Coherence-related Difficulties experienced by Teacher Candidates in The Process of Creating Informative Text
 
Abstract
Text means meaningful and coherent writings that words, sentences and paragraphs form together. Informative texts are written to inform the reader about a subject. To establish semantic and logical integrity between units of information is provided with the coherence, one of the measures in article textuality. It provides communication between sentences and paragraphs in the deep structure of the text. In this respect, the importance of coherence in informative text cannot be denied. The aim of the research is to identify the problems Turkish teacher candidates experience about coherence during the process of creating informative text. This work consists of data obtained from 85 students in MKU Turkish education classes 1 and 4 in 2015-2016 academic year. As data collection tool, “Informational Text Writting Form” developed by the researchers was used. The data obtained in this form were analyzed in “Informational Text Coherence Problem Inventory”. A total of 13 issues were identified in the inventory. According to this, the most common problems in students’ texts are “There are meaning gaps in presenting the information” (X=0.88), “There is more than one unit of information in a paragraph” (X=0.84) and “Abrupt transitions are made between information units” (X=0.82). The problems identified with a minimum frequency are “There are unnecessary repetitions”, “Accurate information on the subject isn't presented” (X=0.42) and “Contradictory and semantically opposite information is given” (X=0.21).
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