A LOOK AT DISSERTATIONS RELATED TO GIFTED STUDENTS’ EDUCATION IN TURKEY BETWEEN THE YEARS 1995–2011

Handan ÜREK, Gamze ARIKIL

Abstract


Gifted education is a challenging area for educators since it is recently developing all over the world. Due to its developing aspects, gifted education policies of the countries and also researches about this issue are continuing to improve its deficiencies. This situation is also valid for Turkey. Hence, this paper aims to examine the graduate studies dedicated to gifted education in Turkey. For this reason, a total of 64 masters and PhD dissertations between the years 1995 and 2011 in the web site of The Council of Higher Education with the key word gifted in their titles were analyzed in term of document analysis. In data analysis process, dissertations were examined under four headings: (a) researcher patterns, (b) supervisor patterns, (c) topic patterns and (d) methodological patterns with their sub-titles. The results will be helpful to illustrate the present situation in Turkey and provide further ideas for future studies about this topic.

Keywords: Gifted students, dissertations in Turkey, document analysis.


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