A case study of a Turkish vocational high school, and the challenges for teachers

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Ayaz A., Ozdemir N.

JOURNAL OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING, vol.75, no.3, pp.459-478, 2023 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 75 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13636820.2021.1895873
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, IBZ Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Public Administration Abstracts, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.459-478
  • Keywords: Technical and vocational training and education, teacher needs, professional issues
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This case study reports on challenges and professional perspectives of vocational high school teachers working in a socially disadvantaged in rural Turkey. The data were gathered from 14 participants, including teachers, administrators and counsellor through individual and focus group interviews and classroom observations. The analysis found that students in Turkish vocational high schools are negatively positioned, this was evidenced in poor student engagement and the struggles of classroom management experienced by teachers. The perceived problems and needs showed some differences across teachers who provide academic and vocational courses. The findings imply that there is a need for social justice advocacy for rural vocational high school students by fostering teachers and improving the system by policy development.