Authors: MUSTAFA YILMAZ*, Bülent Ecevit University, Ali Balci, Marmara University
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Higher Education
Keywords: Curriculum, Geography, Turkey, Higher Education
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8211, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This study was designed to evaluate geography bachelor education curricula in Turkey and to exhibit the place of GIS in these curricula. For a long period of time, geography major had offered by a few universities. In recent years, geography started to become a popular major and new department openings succeeded. Now 47 Turkish Universities have geography departments. 24 geography and 7 geography education departments, which were actively accepting students at least within the last 4 years, were included in to the study. Curriculum of the departments were reached by their websites and evaluated based on content analysis. Outcomes of the study showed that there is no standart curriculum for the geography major across the country. None of the departments provide an option to concentrate within different sections of geography, where only one university provided elective courses that allow students to concentrate on a specific field. Particularly, GIS education is given as a special subject to the students and it is not have an option if students want to gain more knowledge on it.