Comparing Levels of Trust in School Management in Private and Public Primary Schools

By Nezahat Güçlü, Türker Kurt and Çiğdem Evsun Koç.

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The aim of this research is to compare the trust levels of the teachers carrying out their duties in public and private primary schools. There is a great difference between public and private schools in terms of the selection of the personnel and students, payment and policy making. Therefore, determining whether these differences cause changes at organizational trust levels in public and private schools has been viewed as an important research question. The Omnibus T Scale developed by Hoy and Tschannen-Moran (2003) was used as data collection instrument. The questionnaire has been applied to 750 teachers, of whom 630 work in the public school and 120 teachers work in private primary schools in Ankara province in Turkey. The survey model has been used in the research. In statistical analysis of the research data, two way analysis of variance and t-test have been used. As a result of the study, it has been found that combined effect of school type and gender was statistically significant. Accordingly, the level of trust of the female teachers working in public schools was lower than that of both male and female teachers working in private schools. Also, the level of trust of the male teachers working at public schools was lower than that of those working at private schools. It was found that the combined effect of school type and seniority was not statistically significant. These results highlight the fact that the trust levels of teachers working at public schools should be enhanced.

Keywords: Teacher Confidence, Primary Schools, School Administrators

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp.459-468. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.217MB).

Prof. Nezahat Güçlü

Gazi University, Educational Sciences Institute, Turkey

She received her Ph.D degree from the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies and the Program in Historical, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Pittsburgh University in 1993. She is currently working as a lecturer and the administrator of Gazi University, Educational Sciences Institute in Ankara, Turkey.

Türker Kurt

Academician, Educational Administration, Gazi University, Educational Sciences Institute, Turkey

He received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Educational Administration at Gazi University and has been working at the Educational Sciences Institute of the same university in Ankara, Turkey. His areas of interest are leadership styles, teacher efficacy, school climate and preventing violence at school.

Çiğdem Evsun Koç

National Education Foundation, Gökkuşağı Primary School, Turkey

She received her Master’s degree from the Department of Educational Administration at Gazi University. She has been working as a social sciences teacher at the National Education Foundation, Gökkuşağı Primary School in Ankara, Turkey.

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