What did the school principals learn from the pandemic in Turkey? Experiences during the process

Özer Özkan Y., Özkan M., Turan S.

EDUCATIONAL PLANNING, vol.28, no.3, pp.39-51, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Journal Indexes: EBSCO Education Source, ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.39-51
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of the study was to examine the experiences of school principals in Turkey during the pandemic. The fact that school principals have taken on an active role as guiding the school shareholders in coping with the crisis was the motive for focusing on their experiences. The study based on a qualitative phenomenological approach. Data was collected by way of a focus group interviews. As is the case globally, the pandemic has led to feelings of panic, fear and uncertainty among the people in Turkey. Immediate decisions without shareholder participation and which conflict with each other were taken during the crisis period. In this regard, even though the expectations are not high, establishing local decision-making units and managing them efficiently, developing parent training programs and increasing the technological competence levels, focus on techno-pedagogic competencies on the part of institutions responsible from training and educating teachers and establishing effective communication and decision mechanisms among the school shareholders are among the advancements expected for the post-pandemic period.