AN INVESTIGATION OF TEACHERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF LEARNING ATTAINMENTS IN 2013 PRE-SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN PRACTICE

The main aim of this study is to determine pre-school teachers’ opinions on the effectiveness of learning attainments of pre-school curriculum conducted in a 2013-2014 academic year in practice. The study group includes 78 pre-school teachers working at public pre-schools in Batman city center. The qualitative research design was used in the study. Data were collected using interview forms. Semi-structured interviews were conducted face to face with the teachers. The data were analyzed by using N-VIVO-8 program. Teachers reported that there have been changes in activities part and the new plan provided more flexibilities in practice. It was determined that planning and evaluating parts changed as well. The teachers complained that the new pre-school curriculum included too many activities, the age level of the pupils decreased, the arrangement of the classes were not suitable for the pupils and process of preparing plans were difficult. Teachers also reported that they did not have sufficient materials; they were not informed effectively, preparing plans took too much time and different age groups were mixed together. Based on the finding of the study it is recommended that teachers’ opinions should be taken, they should take in-service education, suitable classroom environments should be provided and the evaluation part should be revised.