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July 6, 2020

ECER 2011 – Student Views On Turkish Open High School

I was searching for something the other day and I came across this item that I know I haven’t added to this blog before (even though it is quite old).

Pelin Taşkın(presenting / submitting) Saadet Kuru Cetin(presenting)
Conference:
ECER 2011
Network:
6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Format:
Paper

Session Information

06 SES 13, Open and Distance Education

Paper Session

Time:
2011-09-16
10:30-12:00
Room:
L 24/27,1 FL., 46
Chair:
Mart Laanpere

Contribution

 

 

STUDENT VIEWS ON TURKISH OPEN HIGH SCHOOL

One of the dimensions of distance education, which has a variety of names defined by different authors (Karen at all 2009; Reid at all 2009; Alston, and Kent, 2008; Huett at all, 2008; Özerbaş, 1998; Sujatha 2002,etc.), in literature such as open learning, open teaching, non-traditional education, distance learning, distance teaching, correspondence education, virtual high school, independent study, home study and etc. is open high school which is examined in this paper. The main reasons of the students to enroll open high school are the willingness to complete secondary education, to attend university, to increase their knowledge, and also to have statute and to have important social roles in the society (Adıyaman, 1997). By its nature open high school should be linked with educational media. In this respect, it was constituted by the Ministry of Education, General Directorate of Education Technologies, which was already designing and producing educational media then (Uluğ, 1994). The aims of Turkish open high school, which are identified in the fifth article of the regulation of open high school, are (1) to provide the opportunity of education in different fields to those who graduate from elementary education however can not continue to secondary education and quit/graduate from the secondary education and who quit/graduate from universities, (2) to contribute the equality of opportunity in the level of secondary education and to raise and reinforce the level of culture of Turkish society, and (3) to equip the students for life and university education through the usage of high-tech mass communication tools and new technologies, which is high level reviewed in this paper.  In this regard the reasons of the students to enroll to open high school, the quality of the services provided, views of the students about the applications, legal basis of open high school, and problems which occur in the praxis are discussed.

Method

10 young male and 10 young female open school students were interviewed through eight open-ended interview questions about the reasons of enrolling to open high school, the quality of the applications of open high school and the services provided and problems which occur in the praxis. Opinions of the students have been analyzed through content analysis, a qualitative research method. The main purpose in content analysis is to attain concepts and connections, which can serve the purpose of explaining the collected data. As a consequence verbal data is transformed into quantitative data (Coffey and Atkinson, 1996; Glesne, 1999, Yıldırım and Şimşek 2000). Initially, the categories of analysis are identified in content analysis (Coffey and Atkinson, 1996; Yıldırım and Şimşek, 2000). While analyzing students’ answers, categories are being identified.

Expected Outcomes

It is widely accepted that new information and communication technology application in education provides immense boost for open high school. In Turkey, some of the population under 25 has disabilities to access the educational opportunities, open high school presents a good alternative for these students. The other researches concerned with open high school (Alston, and Kent, 2008; Huett at all, 2008; Özerbaş, 1998) and the views of the participants who were interviewed in this research pointed out the importance of the long distance education for those who can not access formal education because of various reasons. Compared to the statistics of 2010 it has been realized that the number of female students of open high school has increased in 2011 and has become nearly equal to the number of male students. The number of enrolled student increased from 44.000 to 543.155 between the years 1992 to 2011.

References

Açık Eğitim (2010). Açık Eğitim Çizelgesi, Ocak-Agustos 2008-2010. Ankara. Adıyaman, Z. (1997). A Study of Drop-out at Open High School: Reasons and Recommendations, The Graduate School of Social Sciences of Middle East Technical University, (Unpublished Master Thesis), Ankara, Turkey. Alston, M. and Kent, J. (2008). Education for Isolated Children: Challenging Gendered and Structural Assumptions. Australian Journal of Social. Spring.(43):3. Briggs, A. R. J. And Coleman, M. (2007). Research Methods In Educational Leadership and Management.(2nd ed.). London: Sage. Huett, J.; Moller, L.; Foshay, W. R. And Coleman, C. (2008). The Evolution of Distance Education: Implications for Instructional Design on the Potential of the Web, TechTrends, September/October, (52):5, Number 5 Coffey, A. And Atkinson, P. (1996). Making Sense of Qualitative Data. London: Sage. Glesne, C. (1999). Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An introduction (2nd ed.). Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: Longman MEB.(2001) Açıkögretim Lisesi 2000–2001 Öğretim Yılı İstatistiksel Verileri, Millî Eğitim Bakanlığı Eğitim Teknolojileri Genel Müdürlüğü, Ankara, Türkiye. Özerbaş, M. A. (1998). AÖL Ders Programlarına İlişkin Öğrenci Görüşleri: Erzurum il Örneği, Uzaktan Eğitim Vakfı Yayınları, Ankara, Türkiye, yayınlanmıştır.) Özdemir, S. (2010). An Examination of The Educational Programs Held For Juvenile Deliquentsn In Turkey. Education, Spring, (130): 3. Reid, K.M.; Aqui Y. and Putney L. G. (2009). Evaluation of an Evolving Virtual High School Educational Media International. December, (46):4, 281–294. Sujatha K. (2002). Distance Education At Secondary Level in India: The National Open School, UNESCO, Working document, International Institute for Educational Planning, http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001262/126210e.pdf. Access Date: 03. 01.2010 Uluğ, F.(1994). Distance Education in Turkish Secondary System, Educational Technology Research and Development, Vol. 42, Number: 4, pp. 116-119, 1994, USA. Yıldırım A., and H. Şimşek. 2000. Sosyal bilimlerde Nitel Araştırma Yöntemleri. Ankara: Seçkin Yayıncılık.

Author Information

Pelin Taşkın (presenting / submitting)
Ankara University
Faculty of Educational Sciences
Ankara
Saadet Kuru Cetin (presenting)
Ankara University
Faculty of Educational Sciences
Ankara

July 5, 2020

uLearn20 Call For Abstracts Is Open!

Something for my Kiwi readers as they begin their week.

uLearn20 virtual education conference 7-8 October 2020
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July 4, 2020

EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2020 Proceedings Published

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July 1, 2020

USDLA Virtual National Conference

Note this up-coming virtual conference.

This is a virtual conference like no other!
Modernizing Learning: Building the Future Learning Ecosystem
FREE copy with your conference registration
Join us for fun activities, keynote speakers and over 20 presenters. We will have virtual rooms for conference attendees to network, meet sponsors and international dining. Enjoy yoga, a sunrise walk, and entertainment by acoustic guitarist Roger Connelly. We will also have our Awards Celebration.
Non-member registration includes a one year individual USDLA Membership as part of your conference registration.
Pre Conference Workshops
How to Produce a Virtual Field Trip – And Where to Be Sure to Go!
Janet Major, Associate Director Facilities, Arizona Telemedicine Program – Arizona HSC
Apple Teacher & Tool Lab – A Look into Creating Content with Apple Tools
Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate VP for the National SMART Technology Innovation Center, TSU
Grant Writing Workshop – A Look into DL Grants, Writing Tips, Submitting, and Managing a Grant
Kristin DeProspero, Grant Program Manager, Solutionz Conferencing, Inc.
OhioDLA presents: Ohio Rocks! An Exploration of How
Ohio’s K–12 Distance Learning Programs are Rockin’ the USA
Tom Miller, Manager of Connected Learning, Cleveland Clinic K-12 School Programs, Lee Gambol, DL Coordinator & Museum Educator, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Jordan Rader, Manager of Online Education Programs, COSI (Center of Science & Industry‎) Leslie Charles, Distance Learning Coordinator, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center Laura Bryson, CIO, The Ohio Broadcast Commission Jerry Csaki, Director of Youth and Education, The Pro Football Hall of Fame
Virtual Fun Activities
Enjoy our tradition, The Bill Jackson Memorial Sunrise Run/Walk”. This year we offer a virtual option of healthy exercise in your neck of the woods. We will be live ready to capture fun photos or video.
The first 100 conference registrations will receive a FREE Zoom shirt you can sport on your walk!
Sunrise Run/Walk
sponsored by Zoom
Chicago Blues Rocker
Roger Connelly
Our opening reception will include music by acoustic guitar entertainer, Roger Connelly. He has performed at Catalina Island Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica.
Morning Yoga
Join us for a morning class to prepare yourself for an amazing day of learning. The session includes breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
More USDLA Events: Mark Your Calendar
Mark Your Calendar for National Distance Learning Week
November 9-13, 2020
___________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
We look forward to seeing you virtually!
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President/USDLA 2020 Conference Chair
Mrs. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO / Executive Director
Mr. Pat Cassella, Chair Emeritus
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking, and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit: USDLA.org
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June 26, 2020

USDLA Virtual National Conference

This online conference may be of interest to some practitioners.

This is a virtual conference like no other!
Join us for fun activities, keynote speakers and over 20 presenters. We will have virtual rooms for conference attendees to network, meet sponsors and international dining. Enjoy yoga, a sunrise walk, virtual field trip and entertainment by acoustic guitarist Roger Connelly. We will also have our Awards Celebration.
Non-member registration includes a one year individual USDLA Membership as part of your conference registration.
Over 20 Presenters
Virtual Fun Activities
Enjoy our tradition, The Bill Jackson Memorial Sunrise Run/Walk”. This year we offer a virtual option of healthy exercise in your neck of the woods. We will be live ready to capture fun photos or video.
The first 100 conference registrations will receive a FREE Zoom shirt you can sport on your walk!
Sunrise Run/Walk
sponsored by Zoom
Chicago Blues Rocker
Roger Connelly
Our opening reception will include music by acoustic guitar entertainer, Roger Connelly. He has performed at Catalina Island Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica.
Morning Yoga
Join us for a morning class to prepare yourself for an amazing day of learning. The session includes breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
Add To Your Calendar
Mark Your Calendar for National Distance Learning Week
November 9-13, 2020
___________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
We look forward to seeing you virtually!
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President
Mrs. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, Chair, Conference Committee
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO / Executive Director
Mr. Pat Cassella, Chair Emeritus
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking, and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit: USDLA.org
USDLA | www.usdla.org
USDLA | 10 G Street, NESuite 600Washington, DC 20002
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