Faculty of Educational Sciences - Dean’s Message

Educational sciences consist of the background knowledge which an educator should have as well as the major topics that should concern educators. The scope of educational sciences is wide and consists of such sub-disciplines as learning psychology, psychological counseling and guidance, assessment and evaluation methods, classroom management, curriculum planning, and specifications of educational policies. In the present-day context, the goals of studies in educational sciences are three-fold. As has traditionally been the case, the first of these goals includes a strong foundation in teacher training. Recent years have also given rise to a second important focus: the institutionalization of educational content and lesson plans at all levels from childhood to adulthood. This knowledge allows the student of educational sciences to evaluate government-mandated educational policies in a critical manner. A third goal addresses today’s broader notion of education, which far exceeds the limits of formal education to encompass new educational processes such as pre-school education, distance learning, lifelong learning and continuing education.

Teaching knowledge and skills provide extra advantages to individuals in every field and, as such, are also relevant to the professional world. In this way, courses in educational sciences concern not only students who want to be teachers but also ambitious individuals from other disciplines. Concepts and skills that are developed in an educational sciences program have numerous applications beyond the world of education.

Bahçeşehir University’s Faculty of Educational Sciences aims to bring a new approach to the fusion between teacher education and research-oriented studies in higher education. According to Bahçeşehir University’s “University within School” approach, students will engage with grade schools throughout the entire pre-service period and develop stronger ties to the faculty and the students at the schools. This approach, which is unique in Turkey, will be implemented at Bahçeşehir University for the first time.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences also supports two new graduate programs: “Educational Technologies” and “Higher Education Management and Leadership.” By bringing a new perspective to research and developmental activities, one can see the Bahçeşehir difference. Commonplace, replicated research studies that investigate the same tired questions and employ the same overused methods do not correspond with the department’s aims. Instead, our central priority entails engagement in research with far-reaching, international significance. The department’s interdisciplinary orientation and its use of new research methods contribute to these outcomes.

Bahçeşehir University’s Faculty of Educational Sciences follows the principles below to meet the expectations of its participants and its affiliates:

  • Learner-centered instruction
  • Practice and experience-oriented education
  • A modernist approach to education, individual, society and school
  • An Innovative research orientation
  • Efficiency and quality of work

While inviting you to Bahçeşehir University’s Faculty of Educational Sciences, I hope to meet you in various educational environments as soon as possible.

 

Prof. Dr. Derin ATAY
Faculty of Educational Sciences Dean