The effects of terrorism on education from the educators’ perspective: A qualitative study
This study reports a research investigating the effects of PKK terrorist organization and their acts on education in a particular town of Eastern Turkey starting from the 1980s. In order to determine these effects, eight semi-structured interview questions were formed and 12 educators (5 teachers and 7 administrators) who work in one city were interviewed. Data analysis was performed through descriptive and content analysis. The findings indicated that terrorism had a negative effect on individuals’ social lives and their psychology; the killings of teachers in the region or forcing them to leave had a tremendous effect on reaching educational goals; the pressure, chaos, and the fear created by the terror victimized parents, teachers and students; young students got intimidated by the terror and left their homes for joining terrorist organization. Consequently, teacher scarcity and educational discrepancy got wider in the region.
Keywords: terror, educators, education, case study.
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