Abstract


WHAT DO IMMIGRANT STUDENTS THINK ABOUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM? ANALYSIS FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION

This study aims to identify immigrant students’ views on the school system in Turkey. The participants in this study, in which a qualitative research method was used, comprised twenty immigrant students attending secondary schools in a sub-province of Turkey. The research data were collected via interview forms and then analyzed using content analysis. The findings about the physical conditions of schools demonstrated that the students were most pleased by the school grounds as their areas of physical use and were least pleased with the toilets and safety locks on the windows. Regarding the components of the school curricula, the majority of the students stated that they were not informed about the course objectives, they found mathematics to be the most difficult and science was the easiest; they considered science and mathematics to be the most functional because they will be useful in daily life. Also, most of the students emphasized that they needed individualized instruction in the teaching-learning process, and they preferred projects in which they had time to search for what they did not know as the assessment tool. They enjoyed the good treatment afforded to them by their teachers, with a smiling face, and the administrators ensured discipline but did not like angry treatment.



Keywords

Administrator, curriculum, immigrant students, physical conditions, teacher


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