The Reflection of Immigration on School Culture: A Qualitative Study

Arslangilay A. S.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INSTRUCTION, vol.11, no.2, pp.585-602, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.12973/iji.2018.11240a
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.585-602
  • Keywords: school culture, migration, Syrian students, organization culture, temporary training centers
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Each organization has its own system of values, beliefs and attitudes that are valid for the schools and it accompanies the concept of school culture, one of the important factors determining the success of a school Immigration is a phenomenon that leads to great influences in every society. The purpose of this study is to determine what reflections; the Syrian asylum seekers have on school culture in a primary school, which is also used as a Temporary Training Center (TTC) in the capital city of Turkey, Ankara 12 participants, including 5 teachers, 5 Turkish parents and 2 administrators, participated in the research, which was designed in case study design and in which qualitative data collection and analysis methods were used. The data obtained via the semi-structured interview forms prepared by the researcher were analyzed with descriptive analysis technique. According to the results of the research; after the Syrians came, there were some changes in the school culture. However, since such a massive migration is a very new experience, and school managers are sensitive to this issue and demonstrate democratic leadership features, there have been no major issues in the school. It is thought that the problems will gradually decrease, as experience about immigration increases.