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Use of Historical Novels in History Teacher Education: An Action Research

Author(s): İbrahim Hakkı ÖZTÜRK

Journal: Journal of Kirsehir Education Faculty
ISSN 1302-5007

Volume: 12;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 277;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Historical novels | History teaching | Teacher education | Book reading habits | Action research

In this paper, the use of historical novels in pre-service history teacher education is examined by action research design. The study aims to examine the difficulties that the candidate teachers encountered in novel review studies and whether the novel review studies can improve their attitudes concerning reading historical novels. The research was conducted in the scope of the History Methodology course in the history teacher education program at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. 30 teacher candidates who were attending that course in 2010-2011 participated in the research. According to the research results, the novel review work affected positively the candidate teachers’ attitude towards reading habits. However, few of the participants reflected a negative view on the novel review work, and stated that this work did not change their attitude towards reading habits. On the other hand, it was observed that the students mostly encountered the problem of summarizing the novels and writing the results of reviews.
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