Cultural Values Defining Turkish Nation: From the Perspectives of History Teachers

GÜNDÜZ M. , Aktepe V., Sulak S. E. , BAŞPINAR Z. , BÜYÜKKARCI A.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INSTRUCTION, vol.12, no.2, pp.193-208, 2019 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.29333/iji.2019.12213a
  • Page Numbers: pp.193-208


This study, which aims to identify what values are significant for history teacher in teaching Turkish culture, was conducted based on qualitative research methods. Within this study, face to face interviews were done with 19 history teachers who serve in Isparta. According to data which was analyzed through content analysis and descriptive analysis techniques, participants mainly emphasized the values of patriotism, flag, and independence. Especially the terrorist incidents in recent times are thought to have had an impact on the opinions. Participants' perceptions of the concept of culture mostly focus on moral cultural elements. In response to the question of "Do the Turkish nation protect cultural values", it was found out that most of the teachers answered as "No". This finding can be regarded as universal values taking precedence over national values or our national values have deteriorated.