Original article | International Journal of Educational Researchers 2018, Vol. 9(1) 32-43
Elif Özsarı & Havise Çakmak Güleç
pp. 32 - 43 | Manu. Number: MANU-1802-17-0001
Published online: March 31, 2018 | Number of Views: 161 | Number of Download: 678
This study examined the effect of the storyline method of education on the level of elementary school preparedness of five year-old children. The study was of experimental research design and used the pretest/posttest with control group experimental model. The universe of the study constituted 5 year-old children attending a pre-school program in the district of Edremit, Balıkesir during the 2015-2016 academic year. The study sample comprised 23 experimental, 23 control group children, a total of 46 children, who were afternoon attendees of the Sarıkız Preschool located in the district of Edremit in Balıkesir, Turkey. The Marmara Elementary School Preparedness Scale was used to collect data for the research and the data analysis was performed with the non-parametric Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test. The research entailed conducting activities with the experimental group every day for 7 weeks during the hours of 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., according to an activity plan based on the storyline method. The research results revealed a significant difference in the five year-olds who were taught with the Storyline method in terms of their Mathematical skills, Science Skills, Mental and Language Development, Socio-emotional Development and Self-care Skills. The storyline method is not an approach that is widely used in Turkey and because of this, there is only a scant number of studies that have been conducted on this technique. Since this study entails a comprehensive examination of the effects of the storyline method of children's education, it is believed that it will make a significant contribution to the literature. At the same time, the study includes a recommendation that the method of storyline education should be improved in the light of its findings and be more widely employed in the school system.
Keywords: Storyline method, elementary school preparedness, constructivist approach, pre-school education, mathematical skills, science skills, mental and language development
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