Abstract: The aim of this study is to determine the views of the geography teacher candidates about the concept of landslide. The data of the research were collected by using free word association test from 34 5th grade students who are students at the department of Geography Education of Ahmet Keleşoğlu Education Faculty in Necmettin Erbakan University in 2016-2017 academic years. This study is a qualitative research and content analysis was used in the evaluation of the data. The obtained data were coded and categories were created after similar answers were put together. The number of answer words in each category and the frequency values of all answer words were calculated and then given in tables. In each category, the words which were repeated at least two times were given. The category of "the reasons that make up the landslides" has come to the forefront within these categories in terms of its number of answer words and their frequencies. The second category in terms of the number of repetition of answer words is the category named as "The relation between landslide and ground". As a result, it has been determined that the students have correct inferences about the concept of landslide and they can think academically, but the number of answer words and frequencies is low.
Keywords: landslide, geography, cognitive structure, word association test