Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(4), pp. 716 - 725
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040408
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A Preliminary Assessment of the Change Recipients' Perceptions of the "4+4+4 Reform Initiative": Has Anything Changed?


M. Semih Summak *
Faculty of Education, Gaziantep University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The purpose of the present study was to assess change recipients' perceptions of 4+4+4 reform initiative put in effect in Turkish education system and to explore if anything has changed within the one-year interval. This research is a qualitative longitudinal case study conducted in 2013 and 2014 in a large city in Southeastern Turkey. Pragmatist paradigm has been the guiding research philosophy. The study group consisted of 106 teachers, 64 school administrators, and 4 educational supervisors. The study group was chosen via purposive sampling technique. Data were gathered through structured interview protocol consisting of four open-ended questions. Findings indicated that the favorable and unfavorable aspects of the reform regarded as positive were mostly remained unchanged in the one-year interval. Some of the problems remained the same. Finally, it was revealed that the participants' expectations about the future of the system varied in terms of potential effects of the reform initiative. Based on the findings, suggestions for the implementers and policy makers were offered.

KEYWORDS
Educational Reform, 4+4+4 Reform Initiative, Change Recipients' Perceptions, Turkish Education System

Cite this paper
M. Semih Summak . "A Preliminary Assessment of the Change Recipients' Perceptions of the "4+4+4 Reform Initiative": Has Anything Changed?." Universal Journal of Educational Research 4.4 (2016) 716 - 725. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2016.040408.