ETHNOPEDAGOGY OF AZERBAIJANI TURKS IN GEORGIA

Fidan UĞUR ÇERİKAN

Georgia, the homeland of the Georgian nation and one of the important countries in Caucasia, is also known as the ancestral home of the Borchali (Borçalı) Turks, who are settled there as a community, and Meskhetian Turks, who were exiled from the region in 1944. Today, around 400 thousand Turks live in this geography and this society, officially named Georgian Azerbaijanis, name themselves as Turks, Borchali Turks, or Karapapak Turks. In Georgia, there is a rich history of both Islamic education and modern schooling in Azerbaijan Turkish, as well as the rich traditions of Turkish language, Azerbaijani Turkish literature and rooted traditions and culture in Georgia. The roots of educational heritage of Borchali Turks are based upon ethno-folkloric pedagogy reflected in oral folk literature. In folkloric products confined to the region, there are implicit moral-educational motifs such as homeland, love of homeland, righteousness, charity, lawfulness, manhood, respect for parents, and these products are of great importance within the scope of ethnopedagogy, public pedagogy and public didactics. In the article, first the concepts of ethnopedagogy and folk pedagogy are theoretically clarified, then ethnopedagogical materials in the oral folk literature of Georgian Turks are examined, and children's folklore products in the region are researched as a source of ethnopedagogy.

Keywords: Borchali, Ethnopedagogy, Azerbaijani Turks in Georgia, Folk Literature