Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 4, No. 3 (2007)

Learner-centered instruction as a means to realize democratic education: The problems and restraints confronting learner-centered instruction in Turkey

Kaya Yilmaz, Marmara University

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to document the problems and restraints confronting learner-centred instruction in Turkey. To that end, it first explains the link between democracy and education and the role of learner-centred instruction in realizing democratic ends. By drawing on John Dewey’s report on Turkish education, the article then presents the problems that pose threats to the implementation of learner-centred instruction. The problems with respect to the Turkish educational system and teacher education programs, and the challenges that in-service teachers and students may experience with learner-centred instruction are explained.

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