Views of Social Studies Teachers on E-Learning

  •  Hüseyin EROL    


Online educational platforms have recently been used to compensate for educational activities that have been interrupted all around the world due to the pandemic during the year 2020. This study was conducted to reveal reflections of e-learning on social studies courses. Among qualitative research designs, the case study method was used. The data were collected using semi-structured interview. The study group consisted of 27 social studies teachers working in public secondary schools in Adıyaman province of Turkey. Those teachers were determined based on purposeful sampling method. These teachers were determined based on non-random purposeful sampling criterion. They were interviewed considering that they used the online education platform intensively during the pandemic and had the necessary experience to make evaluation in this regard. The data were collected between September and November 5, 2020. The data were analysed using inductive analysis. The study results showed that social studies teachers could not literally adapt to e-learning activities due to their lack of knowledge about using computers. They did not internalize virtual education but had a perception that such education could be used as a supportive one for face-to-face education or for review. The study found that the EBA (Education Information Network), the most comprehensive online educational platform in Turkey, could not literally meet the needs in terms of infrastructure and content. Teachers endeavoured to adapt to e-learning during the pandemic and they welcomed admiringly the preparations made by the MEB (Ministry of National Education) despite the deficiencies therein. The majority of teachers stated they did not receive any course related to e-learning during their undergraduate education. In-service e-learning training can be provided to social studies teachers. E-learning courses can be included in the programs in education faculties. The Ministry of National Education can enrich its infrastructure.

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