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Reconsidering girls’ education in Turkey from a capabilities and feminist perspective

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Educational Development
Volume49
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)134-143
Publication statusPublished
Early online date19/03/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper re-considers girls’ education in Turkey from both a capabilities and a feminist perspective. First, it critically looks at the policies, legislation, and NGO and government led campaigns aiming to increase girls’ enrolment, and points out the lack of feminist perspectives and concerns in these initiatives. Then, drawing from 20 in-depth interviews with girls and 5 interviews with teachers in the most socio-economically deprived region of Turkey, the paper explores girls’ schooling and educational opportunities in Eastern Turkey from a combined capabilities and feminist perspective, in order to generate a richer information basis than numbers alone for policy and evaluation. The findings tease out capabilities which are missing in the focus of policies and campaigns, and invite a re-design of educational policies and initiatives from a capabilities-focused praxis that is context and gender sensitive.