This study aimed to determine the views of social studies prospective teachers about virtual museums. The research was designed according to the phenomenology pattern, which is one of the qualitative research designs. The study group was determined using the criterion sampling method, which is one of the purposeful sampling methods. The study participants consisted of 30 prospective teachers who took media literacy course in the fourth year of the social studies teaching undergraduate program. The research data were collected by employing the interview method. An open-ended interview form was used to collect the data. In preparing the interview form, questions were formed in parallel with the research subject by the researcher, and the questions were finalized by receiving expert opinions. The participants visited a virtual museum for the research and were asked to answer interview questions about the visit. The data obtained from the research were analyzed with the descriptive analysis technique. It was concluded that the participants mostly answered yes to the question of whether virtual museums could be used in social studies education. The reasons they stated for their positive answers were that it attracted the attention of students, increased permanent learning, improved spatial perception skills and the perception of historical space. For the question of which historical values the virtual museums caused students to gain, the participants mostly replied as the development of national consciousness, love of homeland, nation, flag, respect, freedom, and solidarity values. For the question of what experiences the participants acquired during their virtual museum visits, they mostly stated that it contributed to the development of historical empathy skills, improved permanent learning, raised awareness, and increased sensitivity.
|Publication Date||December 31, 2020|
|Published in Issue||Year 2020Volume: 18|