Determining the Cognitive Structures of Geography Teacher Candidates Related to Energy Resources
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CitationBastürk, K., Aladağ, C. (2018). Determining the Cognitive Structures of Geography Teacher Candidates Related to Energy Resources. Review of International Geographical Education Online, 8, 2, 350-370.
This study aims to determine the cognitive structures of the geography teacher candidates studying atthe 4th grade of the department of teaching geography related to the energy resources using WordAssociation Test (WAT). The universe of the study is the last grade students of the geography teachingdepartment at 2016-2017 academic year and the sample of the study constitutes 36 last grade studentsstudying in a geography teaching department at a university. It played an effective role in selecting thesample if students took lessons about energy resources. In the research, words such as fossil fuels,nuclear energy, wind energy, geothermal energy and solar energy were chosen as key concepts. Asurvey model was used to identify the current situation of the study. The analysis of the data was carriedout by using the frequency count, which is one of the descriptive analysis techniques. Each of the keyconcepts was written on a different paper and they were written 10 times as one is written under theother. Before the study was carried out, the word association test was introduced to the students andsome sample works were carried out. Then it is required from teacher candidates to write the words thatthese key concepts evoke in their minds within 30 seconds. A frequency table was created by evaluatingthe obtained data. Concept words were examined in detail and concept networks were formed in thedirection of the cut-off points. The relevant sample sentences of the teacher candidates were examinedand classified according to their characteristics.
SourceReview of International Geographical Education Online