International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2020, Vol. 16(6) 164-183

Teacher Opinions on the Use of Educational Games in Social Studies Course

Tugba Somen & Meral Metin Goksu

pp. 164 - 183   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/ijpe.2020.280.10   |  Manu. Number: MANU-1909-13-0004.R1

Published online: December 07, 2020  |   Number of Views: 60  |  Number of Download: 233


Abstract

Current developments have led teachers to use different methods and techniques in their instruction processes. When it is considered that student-centred instruction methods and techniques are more effective, it is important to include methods and techniques that will make students more active and ensure their active participation in the instruction process. One of these techniques is educational games. The objective of this study is to obtain the views of social studies teachers about using educational games. This study used a qualitative approach. The study group consisted of 15 social studies teachers working in the secondary schools of Kars, Turkey. The data were collected with a semi-structured interview form prepared by the researchers. In order to explain the collected qualitative data and to determine the relationships, the explanatory and deductive codes that emerged during the analysis were used. Based on the data obtained, it was found out that the social studies teachers thought that educational games were a technique which provided a more permanent learning environment with fun. It was also determined that the social studies teachers believed that educational games should be entertaining, instructive, and suitable for students’ levels and related to class topics and that using the educational game technique was beneficial for supporting the permanence of social studies instruction processes, active student participation, and strengthening the gained knowledge. Based on these results, the researchers recommended to improve educational games by deploying them in a more effective manner and including them more frequently.

Keywords: Social Studies Course, Educational Games, Teacher


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Somen, T. & Goksu, M.M. (2020). Teacher Opinions on the Use of Educational Games in Social Studies Course . International Journal of Progressive Education, 16(6), 164-183. doi: 10.29329/ijpe.2020.280.10

Harvard
Somen, T. and Goksu, M. (2020). Teacher Opinions on the Use of Educational Games in Social Studies Course . International Journal of Progressive Education, 16(6), pp. 164-183.

Chicago 16th edition
Somen, Tugba and Meral Metin Goksu (2020). "Teacher Opinions on the Use of Educational Games in Social Studies Course ". International Journal of Progressive Education 16 (6):164-183. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2020.280.10.

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