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One of the most important events of the 21st century is values. There are a number of values that each society tries to develop in its own way. Values education is aimed at discovering and developing positive values of individuals and advancing according to their own potentials. Value education can be done in various ways. One of these, can be the modeling technique. Individuals usually model one or more people in their lives. They imitate or adopt the behavior of people they model. The people who are considered as models in this study are historical heroes. Historical heroes are people who are known for their activities. If value education is to create value for purpose, to raise individuals who make values that are created and accepted by all, it is important that historical heroes are used in values education as a model for people. The Social Studies Education is an important reference in terms of improving the value of the individual. The importance of social studies teacher candidates in value education can not be denied. The purpose of this study is to determine the opinions of prospective teachers on the use of historical heroes in value education. The study group consists of 15 people who are studying in the last grade of social studies education. A purposeful sampling method was used when the study group was determined. Phenomenological method was used in the research. 5 questions were asked by the researcher to collect the data and a semi-structured interview was conducted with the study group. Descriptive analysis was used in the analysis of the data. The stages of descriptive analysis; (2) Processing the data according to the thematic framework, (3) Defining the findings (4) Interpreting the findings. As a result of the analyses, history teachers’ points of view on the usability of memoirs in educational process are interpreted under the themes “Having Knowledge”, “Positive and Negative Aspects”, “Usability in Accordance with Lessons” and “Available Dimensions”. As a result of the research, various suggestions were given about the use of historical heroes in the education of values.

Values education, social studies teacher candidate, historical heroes

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