This paper reports on private school teachers, parents, and teacher union leaders’ experiences with middle and high schools in a small city in northeastern Turkey to identify the problems in education and study them to develop some solutions for them. This narrative study was carried out in the Spring semester of 2012 by conducting face-to-face individual in-depth interviews with 47 participants. Personal narratives were analyzed by developing themes. Findings reveal that the success and lack of it in education arises from the upper level management style, from uninterested parents, and the geographical conditions and location of the city create big problems. Also, parents’ cultural background is more significant than their economic background.
Student Achievement, Socio-Economic and Cultural Status, School Administration, Narrative Research
The author would like to tank research assistant Melike Ozer Taymur, S. Levent Zorluoglu, Mustafa Cetin, Yavuz Topkaya, and Osman Taskın for conducting the interviews and transcribing them. The author also would like to thank Ertugrul Ozdemir for his help in formulating the semi-structured interview questions. The author also thanks the reviewer Sally St. George for her substantial contribution in shaping this work.
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Karakas, M. (2020). A Narrative Study of Factors Influencing Students’ Academic Achievement: Views of Parents, Teachers and Union Leaders. The Qualitative Report, 25(9), 3313-3335. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2020.3672
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