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Toktaş F. (Executive), Keyifli Ş., Yıldırım F., Esen B.

Project Supported by Higher Education Institutions, 2015 - 2016

  • Project Type: Project Supported by Higher Education Institutions
  • Begin Date: April 2015
  • End Date: May 2016

Project Abstract

This project aims to identify perceptions and attitudes of students toward courses given under

the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies who study in Faculties of Theology. For this

purpose, a survey was conducted with 6097 students in Faculties of Theology across Turkey.

According to main findings of this survey, it has been observed that students hold negative

attitudes for the courses mentioned above because of prejudices that they carried out from high

schools or they had in the beginning of their undergradute studies. However, after taking those

courses and getting closer to their graduation, it seemed that they altered their negative attidues to

positive ones. This result clearly showed that their negative attitudes did not arise from the

courses itself or their contents or the students who had no idea about them in the first year but

from external sources than the Faculty of Theology itself. Though identifying those external

sources exceeds the limits of this project, we point out to investigate them with different works in

the future. Another proposal of this project is that there is an unavoidable need to link

philosophy courses with the courses of the Department of Islamic Studies in addition to the

necessity of philosophy courses in Faculties of Theology for the sake of students’ progress and

output during their undergraduate studies.