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THE USAGE OF CROSS-CURRICULUM DISCIPLINES, ACHIEVEMENT, MOTIVATION AND SUGGESTIONS TOWARDS INSTRUCTION OF CROSS-CURRICULUM DISCIPLINES IN THE PROCESS OF TRAINING OF SCIENCE TEACHERS
The main purpose of this research is to examine the effects of cross-curriculum discipline usage on students’ academic success and motivation to learn science, and the retention of both. In addition, it is aimed to make some recommendations on cross-curriculum discipline instruction conducted during pre-service training of science teachers with the obtained results. In the research, mixed-model design was used. For the quantitative aspect of this study a pretest and posttest control group design study model was defined. For the qualitative aspect via interviews students’ opinions on the efficiency level of cross-curriculum discipline applications were investigated. With the findings obtained from the experimental study and the literature review taken as the basis, the importance of cross-curriculum instruction during pre-service education is highlighted and several recommendations were made. This study was executed by total 55 7th Grade students, 28 of whom were in the experiment group and 27 were in the control group, in the spring term of 2013-2014 fiscal year, in Muğla Ula Gökova Salih Güneyman Secondary School. The study population consists of all 7th Grade students in Ula. In the research, interviews are done about cross-curriculum disciplines with the students from the experiment group. In order to determine the students’ academic success levels in the scope of science technology lesson, an academic success test which covers the units and concepts taught was developed and implemented. In research in order to determine the students’ level of motivation to learn science, the study employed “Motivation toward Science Learning Scale” developed by Yılmaz & Huyugüzel-Çavaş (2007). Quantitative data were analyzed using SPSS and for qualitative data were analyzed using descriptive analyses. As a conclusion in the study, it was determined that experiment group to whom cross-curricular discipline applications were conducted had been more successful in academic success tests and had higher motivation levels than the control group to whom these weren’t applied to. Taking into account the statistical change in the academic success and motivation towards learning in the students taught through the usage of cross-curriculum disciplines and considering their positive opinions on the cross-curriculum disciplines, the recommendations made for the cross-curriculum discipline teaching during pre-service training of science teachers are developed.

Keywords
Cross-curriculum disciplines, science teaching, process of training of science teachers.


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