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A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE MATERIALS AND THE CURRICULA TOWARDS WRITING PREPARATION STUDIES USED IN AMERICA AND TURKEY PRE-SCHOOLS

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Author(s): Dondu Neslihan Bay | Ozlem Simsek Cetin | Douglas K. Hartman

Journal: Academic Research International
ISSN 2223-9944

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 365;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Preschool | Writing center | Curriculum | Writing Materials

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to examine and to compare preschool classroom writing materials and the use of curriculum in class between Turkey and USA. This study was conducted with 4 and 5 year old children in classrooms in each country. Four classrooms were selected randomly from two countries, two classrooms in Ankara, Turkey and two classrooms in East Lansing, MI, USA. Document analysiswas used for examining writing materials and curriculum. We took pictures of writing materials in both countries’ classrooms for identifying materials. The results showed that the USA preschool classrooms had more writing materials than Turkey preschool classrooms. Also, USA classrooms had a writing center, but Turkeyclassrooms didn’t have any writing area. Looking at the curriculum, while USA curriculum had direct objects about writing, Turkey curriculum didn’t have any. Findings revealed USA preschool classrooms had more opportunities for children developing writing than Turkey preschool classrooms. Implications for futureresearch and educators are discussed.
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