An Investigation Of School Principalship In The Context Of Bureaucracy

Balıkçı A. , Aypay A.

Turkish Studies - Educational Sciences, cilt.13, sa.11, ss.1535-1560, 2018 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 13 Konu: 11
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.7827/turkishstudies.13395
  • Dergi Adı: Turkish Studies - Educational Sciences
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1535-1560


Understanding the structures in organizations is important in terms of understanding whether they are working effectively and efficiently. It is understood that "bureaucracy" plays an important role when the literature on organization structures is examined. Bureaucracy affects many areas as well as education and its schools and employees. The aim of this research is to interpret bureaucratic practices in terms of school management and to propose solutions in the light of emerging findings. The research is designed in the basic qualitative research (basic interpretive pattern) design within the qualitative approach. The participants of this research are 22 school principals working in the districts of different socio-economic levels in Konya province central districts (Karatay, Meram, Selçuklu) and in the spring term of 2014-2015 academic year. The maximum variation was utilized in the sampling of participants along with the selection of easily accessible situations. In order not to lose the data, a voice recorder was used. A semi-structured interview form was used in the interviews with the school principals. For validity and reliability, comprehensive fieldwork, external audit, direct quotation theory diversification and diversification strategies were used. Both individual and institutional permissions were taken in terms of research ethics. In the study, the school principals see bureaucracy as an obstacle in terms of their roles, roles and characteristics, but they also point out the positive aspects (prevention of complexity at school, unity in practice, etc.). In addition, bureaucratic applications have to be included in the structure as well as in various electronic applications in terms of convenience in application. Present findings suggest that both the negative and positive effects of the bureaucracy are evident, while the negative aspects of the bureaucracy are gradually diminishing with innovative practices over time.