Šimšek, Ahmet
October 2006
Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology;Oct2006, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p73
Academic Journal
As historical novels have effective meanings to render a united consciousness for the high school students at adolescence period, historical novels have an important role in history teaching. In this study, students' and teachers' opinions for historical novels was studied. Students' and teachers' questionnaires were developed by the researcher. The questionnaires were administered to a total of 223 students (responses reduced the sample to 86 students) from the 9th, 10th. and 11th grades of three high schools in Kırsehir city center and to 30 history teachers working in Kırşehir city center. Percentage analysis and t test and one-way Anova analysis techniques were conducted. The data revealed that both students and teachers have stated their opinions as positive for historical novels. It was found that these positive opinions of students are affected by watching historical films while it has increased the level of reading history related books for teachers. However, the teachers are inadequate at suggesting historical novels to their students in practice. Its reasons are that both teachers' unawareness of the potential historical novels in Turkiye and their lack of knowledge of how to benefit from these novels as a teaching material. Besides, the teachers pointed out that historical novels might have disadvantages as well as advantages. The most emphasized disadvantage was ‘one-sided knowledge presentation’ and ‘to weaken the history belief of the young because of its exaggerated explanation’.


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