Evaluating the Suitability of Studies Published in the Field of Teaching of Turkish as a Foreign Language According to Qualitative Research Standards

Nurşat Bi̇çer


The aim of this study is to investigate to what extent qualitative studies published in scientific journals between 2010 and 2017 on the teaching of Turkish as a foreign language, meet qualitative research criteria. For this purpose, exploratory design from mixed method was used in the study. For the study, 131 articles on the teaching of Turkish as a foreign language, published in Turkish were analyzed. During the course of the analysis of the articles, the Qualitative Research Evaluation Form (QREF), as prepared by the researcher, was used. With the internal consistency reliability analysis, it was found that the form had had a high level of reliability. In the analyses, the topic distributions of the articles and the arithmetic means for the suitability according to qualitative research criteria were designated. Using the variables of the number of authors, the publication year and research design, and the correlation between the article’s qualitative research scores were calculated. Finally, a correlation analysis was conducted between the chapters of the articles. It was determined that most of the research was done on course materials and the problems encountered in the examined articles. As a result of the study, it is seen that the mean score of the findings section is high and the method section has a low mean. Articles are mostly 1 or 2 authors. There is a significant difference between article scores according to the publication year and research design. According to the correlation analysis between the sections of the articles, positive significant relationships were found. It is thought that although the articles published also have certain drawbacks about their suitability to the qualitative research criteria, the studies did in fact exhibit an improvement and that the future studies would therefore be of higher quality.


Teaching Turkish, Language Training, Qualitative Evaluation, Literature Review, Exploratory Design, Rubric

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