Mechatronics Education in Vocational Schools in Turkey and Comparative Curriculum Analysis


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Çelik H., Akkan T.

TECHNICS TECHNOLOGIES EDUCATION MANAGEMENT-TTEM, vol.5, no.4, pp.730-739, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: TECHNICS TECHNOLOGIES EDUCATION MANAGEMENT-TTEM
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.730-739
  • Keywords: mechatronics education, vocational schools, curriculum analysis, branch education
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In this study, the present situation of mechatronics education as a new developing branch of engineering in Turkey was investigated in Vocational Schools. Mechatronics education has started as a branch education in Middle East Technical University in 1998, later first graduate degree program in Sabanci University, an associate degree in 2001 and lastly as a high school degree in 2003 in Turkey. In the present year of 2010, 29 Vocational Schools in 25 Universities have mechatronics program including a web-based education in Adapazan Vocational School. The-curricula of the mechatronics programs have been studied and significant differences and tendencies have been found after analyzing their curricula. The possible problems of the present situation were discussed and some suggestions about the standardization of this education and the requirement of branch educations were made.