Perceptions of parents regarding girls' education- Sivas case

Mercan, Pınar
The purpose of the present study was to identify the perception of the parents regarding girls’ education in Sivas and to explore whether their perceptions show significant differences with respect to certain background variables. More specifically, parents’ perception of benefits of girls’ education and barriers to girls’ education were examined. The sample consisted of 241 parents whose daughters attended the public primary schools in Sivas. Data were gathered from the participants via Girls’ Education Questionnaire (GEQ) developed by the Researcher and subjected to factor and reliability analysis. Statistical program, SPSS, was utilized to carry out the statistical analyses. Responses to open-ended question were qualitatively analyzed. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were utilized to analyze the data. Descriptive Statistics were used to analyze the background information of the participants. Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) was employed to explore whether there were significant differences between parents’ perceptions of benefits of girls’ education and barriers to girls’ education with respect to certain background variables. The results indicated that parents had positive thoughts and beliefs concerning girls’ education. Their ideas regarding benefits of girls’ education were positive regardless of their social and educational background. As for the barriers to girls’ education, the findings pointed out that parents’ were mostly concerned about financial difficulties and securtiy affairs. In conclusion, the results of this study can contribute to girls’ education by displaying current status of girls education in a relatively small province in Turkey and develop strategies to better the position of girls in education system.


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Citation Formats
P. Mercan, “Perceptions of parents regarding girls’ education- Sivas case,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.