The Progressive Education System and Imam Hatip Middle Schools in the Context of Religious Education

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DOI: 10.12738/talim.2017.1.0001

Year: 2017 Vol: 1 Number: 1

Abstract

Religious education has been seen as a danger to the requirements of the principle of secularism throughout the history of the Republic of Turkey and has been subjected to different practices in almost every period of government. When mentioning religious education, Imam Hatip Schools are the first to come to mind. These schools, which have seen intense interest from society since the day they were established, have formed the dart board of implementations. The Imam Hatip Schools, which have been subjected to different practices in the historical process, today operate as middle schools and high schools, and in terms of the number of students, now possess the greatest number of all times. This article analyzes the findings obtained from the domain of trying to determine the level of expectations and reasons why the parents of students studying in Imam Hatip Middle Schools, which have come again into action after a span of 14 years, chose these schools. The study has been applied as a field survey in six Imam Hatip Schools to a total of 285 seventh-grade students who were identified as having high and low socioeconomic levels from three different municipalities found in the center of Konya Province in Turkey. In this sense, the article attempts to explain the extent to which parents’ expectations from the school have been met in the period that provided the first Imam Hatip Middle School graduates in the mandated 4+4+4 progressive education system that has been implemented since 2012.

Keywords
Religious education, Imam Hatip, Middle School, Parent, Student