Nükleer Santraller Hakkında Fen Bilgisi Öğretmenlerinin Görüşü: Akkuyu Örneği
Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi
This study aimed to determine the views of the science teachers in the Gülnar district of Mersin province regarding the nuclear power plant planned to be constructed in Mersin-Gülnar-Akkuyu region. Case study, one of the qualitative research approaches, was used in this research. The study group consisted of five science teachers employed in the Akkuyu region who were asked nine questions developed by the researchers in regards to the power plant which is in the phase of establishment in the
... blishment in the Akkuyu region. The data obtained were analyzed by content analysis. Based on the results, it was concluded that the participating teachers had the required level of knowledge about nuclear energy. In addition, it was determined that the teachers generally obtained information via the internet. The interview findings showed that the teachers were open to the idea of nuclear power plants and thought nuclear power plants met energy needs and reduced dependency on foreign countries. However, the participants stated that nuclear power plants may be harmful due to long-term effects in case of accidents in power plants and they were concerned about the disruption of the ecosystem. This study presented a striking result that at first, the participants were concerned about the construction of the nuclear power plant, but were partially convinced over time by the active promotion campaigns in the region and in general had a positive outlook to nuclear power plants. In addition, it is established that teachers have knowledge about the positive and negative aspects of nuclear energy. The study offers some suggestions in the light of the obtained results.