Lecture About Education in Turkey by Professor Vesife Hatisaru

EDiTE team at the University of Lisbon has been delivering a course this semester called Educational issues in Europe. Last week the course team had the opportunity of inviting a colleague from Turkey, professor Vesife Hatirasu, who is a member of Erasmus+ programme and a professor at the Faculty of Education of University in Ted.

The lecture was an interesting event for everyone involved; for EDiTE researchers who deal with questions and comparisons of education systems across the Europe in their daily work, as well as for the course students – who were able to get acquainted with the perspectives of education in a large European country, often in trouble and conflict.

Vesife Hatirasu presented a predominantly critically perspective of the possibilities of education in her country, by using a reflective method and pointing out to similarities of the classroom setting where participants are not only Portuguese but Erasmus students from four other countries. Meanwhile, she also mentioned pathways of private education in Turkey, which seemed to be very popular in the country and the students were keen to understand the scope of this. This was brought into the lesson together with other pros and cons of the educational provisions in Turkey.

Furthermore, Vasife showed the results of different international researches, in particular on mathematical literacy and key knowledge and skills that are essential for full participation in modern societies. There was a discussion about the country’s outline in adult competencies (PISA 2015) that raised a question on what the consequences of such an outline are on current work of schools.

Perhaps one other specific topic that was of great interests for everyone was the topic of initial teacher education in Turkey. Through a quick classroom comparison, the situation seemed to be similar to the majority of European countries: teacher education takes four years and it is implemented as an undergraduate education. Prospective school teachers are required to earn a bachelor degree from a department of education as well as to achieve a the required minimum score on the public servant selection examination. Upon successful completion of this first phase, the graduates are appointed by the Ministry as trainee teachers. After one year, trainee teachers must pass another examination in order to become regular teachers.