Science Teacher Education İn Turkey: What We Do? What We Expect? A Critical Study
It is clear that education faculties, where pre-service teachers study, and the Ministry of National Education that provides employment for the teaching profession are expected to be consistent about the competencies and qualifications that must be possessed by the teachers who are to be trained. In this research, an attempt has been made to find out the extent to which the undergraduate programs which are conducted in science teaching departments of the faculties of education and the contents of which are determined by the Higher Education Council, have fulfilled the special field competencies defined by the Ministry of National Education. For this purpose, a descriptive method was adopted, because the present situation was assessed by experts and determined through document reviewing. The experts consisted of 28 academics who work in Science Teaching programs of different universities in Turkey. Attention was paid to the possession of at least a PhD degree by these experts in the field of science teaching who had studied science teacher education. At the end of the study, it was found that there were some conflicts in the special field competencies between the undergraduate education plan in Science Teacher Education and the expectations of the Ministry of National Education.