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ERIC Number: EJ1078744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Teacher Allocation Policies and the Unbalanced Distribution of Novice and Senior Teachers across Regions in Turkey
Özoglu, Murat; Beyazit, Yildirim
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v40 n10 Article 2 Oct 2015
Policies toward fostering a more balanced distribution of teacher quality have garnered considerable attention from researchers and policymakers around the world. This attention has been motivated largely by the widely acknowledged educational goal of providing quality education for all children. Equipped with similar policy concerns, this study examines the initial assignment of novice teachers and voluntary transfer of senior teachers to determine whether there is any kind of sorting pattern in the allocation of novice and experienced teachers to schools across regions, particularly across provinces, in Turkey. Using the entire initial teacher assignment and voluntary teacher transfer data in between 2010 to 2014, the descriptive and correlational analyses in this study provide clear evidence that both novice and senior teachers are unevenly allocated across regions. The findings suggest that already-disadvantaged students in the less-developed eastern regions of the country are far more likely to be exposed to novice and/or less-experienced teachers. Possible explanations of this observed teacher sorting pattern and its policy implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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