The computer education and instructional technology undergraduate degree program in Turkish universities
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The use of computers and other information technologies in education have important effects on learning and teaching. In America both the uses of and the debates about, educational technologies have grown increasingly complex and sophisticated over the past twenty years. As a developing country with a large student population, Turkey has been trying to revise its educational system based on these developments. The major reform movements in Turkish education have been initiated by two different institutions: the Ministry of National Education (MONE) and the Council of Higher Education (YOK). YOK, which is the institution that administers all higher education, including private universities and research institutions has recommended that a new department, the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (DCEIT), be established in colleges of education in Turkish universities. The main purpose of this research was to examine the undergraduate curriculum of DCEIT in Turkish universities in terms of topics they teach and methods used to teach them. In addition, second purpose was to summarize the suggestions of experts about improving the curriculum of DCEIT. The semi-structured interview via phone, e-mail, and web page were used to collect data from seven Turkish professor participants.