An investigation of science teachers' lifelong learning competencies (The case of Karaman)
The aim of the study is to examine lifelong learning competencies of science teachers who work in Karaman, on the basis of their gender, years of experience, types of schools, and professional subject areas. The study population comprised 216 science teachers working in Karaman, a small city in Turkey, during the 2012'2013 academic years. The sample of the study, which is determined by simple random sampling method, comprised 104 teachers, 48 female and 56 male. The survey model was used in the study. The data were obtained using the "Lifelong Learning Competence Scale", developed by Hürsen (2011). According to the results, the science teachers' levels of lifelong learning competencies are high. Also, the results of the study show no significant differences between the levels of competencies with respect to teachers' gender, years of experience, types of schools and subject areas. However, in terms of each of the sub-dimensions of the scale, a significant difference was found between the levels of digital competencies with respect to the teachers' years of experience.
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