Preschool History Geography Curriculum and Its Effects on Emotional Intelligence
Semiha YÜKSEK USTA
Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey
Fatma TEZEL ŞAHİN
Gazi University, Turkey
This study was conducted to prepare the Preschool History Geography Education Curriculum for 60–72 months pre-school children and examine whether this program has an effect on their emotional intelligence and respect for diversity. This study was conducted as a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest control group design, as one of the quantitative research methods. The sample of the study consisted of a total of 40 children, 22 in the experimental group and 18 in the control group. The curriculum was implemented three days a week for ten weeks for the children in the experimental group. The educational curriculum of the control group was not interfered with. “The Preschool Education Curriculum of the Ministry of National Education of Turkey” (2013) was implemented in the control group. The data of the study were collected using the “Sullivan Scale of Emotional Intelligence for Children” and “Sullivan Brief Empathy Scale for Children” and “Scale of Respect for Diversity.” As a result of the study, the experimental group's emotional intelligence, empathy, and respect for diversity scores increased significantly compared to the control group. And the experimental group increased significantly in the post-tests compared to the pre-test scores.