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Teachers’ Perceptions about Political Commitment

Teachers’ Perceptions about Political Commitment


Hasan ERIS

Cod: ISSN: 1583-3410 (print), ISSN: 1584-5397 (electronic)
Dimensiuni: pp. 222-238

How to cite this article:

Eris, H. (2017). Teachers' Perceptions about Political Commitment. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala, 59, 222-238.


The main function of teaching is to enable behavioral change in individuals. In this change process, personal traits of teachers, the level of correspondence of these traits with the requirements of teaching, their knowledge and skills level and their attitudes and behaviors during teaching process all play important roles. On the other hand, cultural values of teachers, beliefs and the political paradigms that form these are important elements that determine teachers’ teaching behaviors. All these elements have important effects on forming teachers’ teaching behaviors. This study aims to determine teachers’ opinions concerning their political levels of attachments and to what extent they reflect their political beliefs to their teaching activities. In order to achieve this aim, the data collecting instrument was applied to the sample consisting of 760 primary school teachers working in Izmit/ Kocaeli. Two data collecting instruments were used: Teachers’ Political Commitment Scale and Teacher’s Multiple Political Commitment Scale. The findings suggest that despite the fact that teachers’ level of political commitment in general is low, political Islamic thought and nationalist thought are the two most committed types of political commitment. The findings also suggest that political focus of commitment differs according to the union membership and teachers place education values in the first place in their teaching activities.


organizational commitment, teachers’ political commitment, multiple commitments, foci of external commitment.

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