Turkish Primary Students' Perceptions of Geography


JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY, vol.113, no.4, pp.160-170, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 113 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00221341.2013.873477
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY
  • Page Numbers: pp.160-170
  • Keywords: perceptions of geography, primary education, social studies, gender differences, ATTITUDES, CHILDRENS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY, SCHOOLS


This study provides an in-depth investigation of Turkish primary school students' perceptions of geography. Gender differences in students' perceptions of geography were investigated, including definitions of geography and its field of study. The findings showed that landforms, our geographical regions/Turkey, mapwork, and countries dominated among students' definitions. Geography topics cited were mainly within the physical geography category and mostly those of landforms and cartography. A chi-square test revealed a statistically significant difference between girls and boys in the Turkey category and the history-related issues category.