An Analysis of the Units "I'm Learning my Past" and "The Place where We Live" in the Social Studies Textbook Related to Critical Thinking Standards

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EURASIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, no.65, pp.35-54, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier


Problem Statement: Various research have been conducted investigating the quality and quantity of textbooks such as wording, content, design, visuality, physical properties, activities, methods and techniques, questions and experiments, events, misconceptions, organizations, pictures, text selection, end of unit questions and assessments, indexes and glossaries, scientific content, readability, suitability for the target age group, and the opinions of teachers and students about specific textbooks. A literature review identified that no research has been carried out on social studies textbooks that has analyzed these textbooks in accordance with the standards of critical thinking. Therefore it was determined that such a study needed to be performed. With this study, it is thought that the standards of critical thinking should be considered when preparing textbooks in order to draw the attention of the authors so that the quality of textbooks will increase.