The historical and cultural richness created by different civilizations that emerged in the past is transferred to future generations through education. Giving cultural heritage education in Social Studies course helps to support students' identity development as well as to raise individuals who learn about the history, values and culture of the society. The objective of this study is to determine the problems with which teachers face while teaching cultural heritage and to find solutions for the expectations of teachers. This study, which aims to determine the "views of social studies teachers on cultural heritage education", was carried out with 17 social studies teachers working in secondary schools in Kars city centre. The basic qualitative research design was used in the study in accordance with the qualitative research approach. A semi-structured "cultural heritage education" interview form was created by the researcher by making use of the literature in order to determine the views of social studies teachers on cultural heritage education. Descriptive and inferential codes that emerged during the analysis were used in order to explain the qualitative data collected and to reach the relationships. Interview analyses were coded separately by another expert in a different field in order to increase reliability. In line with the data obtained, it was concluded that the teachers mostly used various materials visually while using direct instructions and question-answer method in cultural heritage education and that the students did not have enough information about cultural heritage education. At the same time, the social studies teachers stated that their students experienced different problems in cultural heritage education, such as being unfamiliar with cultural heritage elements, not knowing the places outside their hometown, and excessive procedures for trips. The social studies teachers stated that students should be able to travel to different places and to increase and concretize course materials in order to solve these problems.
Social studies, cultural heritage, teacher, learning.