Teacher Absenteeism in Turkish Primary Schools: A Qualitative Perspective from School Principals*

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Year-Number: 2014-Volume 6, Issue 3

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Teacher absenteeism is one of the significant factors that influences the quality of education. This article reports findings from research aimed at investigating teacher absenteeism in the context of Turkish primary schools. Results revealed that teachers displayed more absenteeism behaviors on a monthly basis. Results also indicated that the primary individual factors leading to absenteeism behaviors were health problems and family problems, on the other hand, the most important organizational factor leading to teacher absenteeism was negative school climate. Implications for teacher absenteeism were discussed.

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Abstract

Teacher absenteeism is one of the significant factors that influences the quality of education. This article reports findings from research aimed at investigating teacher absenteeism in the context of Turkish primary schools. Results revealed that teachers displayed more absenteeism behaviors on a monthly basis. Results also indicated that the primary individual factors leading to absenteeism behaviors were health problems and family problems, on the other hand, the most important organizational factor leading to teacher absenteeism was negative school climate. Implications for teacher absenteeism were discussed.

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