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ESOSDER (All Rights Reserved)
Issue 51
Year 2014
Scope Alan Eğitimi

SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER CANDIDATES LEVELS OF UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING ECONOMIC GLOSSARY
Abstract
The aim of this study is to analyse the levels of understanding of social studies teacher candidates towards the economic glossary. . The study group of the research in the survey model consisted of 107 senior teacher candidates from the department of social studies teaching. 24 concepts were determined with the scope of the economy courses taught in the social studies teaching undergraduate program. A semi - structured concept scale that was prepared by the researchers and that had 24 short - answered and open – ended questions was used to find out the levels of understanding of the teacher candidates towards these terms and the misconceptions on this glossary. . The candidates’ answers to the related terms were evaluated by the method of descriptive analysis according to the categories of ‘understanding’, ‘limited understanding’, ‘misunderstanding’, ‘can’t answer’. the data analysis showed that the teacher candidates misunderstood the economic terms such as (misconceptions) “interest, unearned income, commodity, service, supply, market, deflation, devaluation”. It was also found out that the teacher candidates knew the terms “economy, production, labour, market, entrepreneur, resource, interest, demand, investment, employment, inflation, revaluation” in the level of limited understanding. It was concluded that they knew the terms such as “goods, market, import, export” in the level of understanding.
Key Words: Concept of economy, misconception, social studies teaching, teacher candidate

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