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Gender Discrimination at Schools in Turkey

Global Education Colloquium

January 16, 2018
Korman Center Room 201
3315 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Figen Ereş
Professor
Gazi University

The gender roles and responsibilities attributed to women bring about inequality and discrimination between men and women. Gender discrimination is considered as the result of insufficient economic and socio-cultural structures of nations. Schools are the places where gender discrimination behaviors can be displayed, as well. The aim of this study is to determine the perceptions of teachers on gender discrimination. This research differs from other studies in that it reflects the perceptions of teachers working at different school types on gender discrimination at schools. Data was obtained through using a semi-structured interview form prepared by the researchers and composed of two parts. In analyzing the data obtained in the research, content analysis technique was used and in the process of analysis of the obtained data, interview records were deciphered and analyzed. Research findings show that women teachers encounter with some inequalities owing to social structure, are underrated in society and even are treated in an oppressive manner at schools. Gender discrimination behaviors are often displayed by school administrators. Women teachers generally cope with gender discrimination by means of verbal warnings, displaying a strong decisive personality and making complaints when they found no way out. Women benefit from gender discrimination in some cases.

Figen Ereş is a professor of educational management at Gazi University, Ankara. Her research focuses on education policy and planning and diversity management in education. She also conducts cross-cultural and cross-national research in education. Her recent scholarly works have focused on immigrant education and its relationship with social development. In addition to her published international works, Dr. Ereş is visible at major national and international conferences. Besides she is also member several international associations and organizations regarding education. Dr Ereş is Visiting Scholar at Drexel University in 2018-19.

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