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Reflections on Teacher Education in Turkey

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the problems of teacher education in Turkey and also to elaborate on the issues in the teacher education debate that we think are problematic. Our main focus will be on western influence and its consequences in building a relevant teacher education programme in Turkey. The irrelevancy between teacher education programmes and the realities of Turkish schools and the demand for a relevant theoretical base for teacher education were linked to western influence on the knowledge base and research traditions. The arguments in this paper were based on available literature and the authors' personal experiences in teacher education institutions. A background to and historical information on teacher education in Turkey are also included.