The paper examines the effectiveness of recent reforms in teacher education in Turkey, specifically the restructuring of programmes in university faculties of education. It first, briefly, sets the reforms of the 1990s in an historical context, prior to the 1997 Act which increased the length of compulsory schooling from 5 to 8 years, and the 1998 restructuring of faculties of education. It considers the national need for the restructuring of teacher education and the issues involved. The thrust of the paper is a study of how teacher educators across the country perceive both the changes and their effect on the quality of teacher education, methodology as a discipline, school partnerships, and relationships with the Ministry of National Education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-80
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Educational policy
  • Educational reform
  • Teacher education
  • Turkey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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