Difficulties Faced in Social Club Activities: A Qualitative Study Based on Teacher Opinions

Kece M.

EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES-THEORY & PRACTICE, vol.15, no.5, pp.1333-1344, 2015 (SSCI) identifier identifier


The purpose of this study is to scrutinize the problems encountered in social club activities based on opinions of club advisors. This study was conducted in line with qualitative research methods using the interview technique to collect data. Therefore, interviews were held with 21 club advisors included in the study group. A category analysis, a type of content analysis, was used to solve data analyze. Based on study's results, it was found that not only do student clubs not fulfill their stated purposes due to inadequacy of logistical and physical conditions and time allocated for social club activities, but that overcrowding and teachers not having adequate information about clubs. It was also determined that active and effective clubs usually in the form of command. In other words, social clubs, whose members are selected through antidemocratic methods, do not fulfill, for the most part, their function of socializing students. Although there are participants who think that students develop friendships with students from different classes and of various ages while also developing their communication and human relationship skills through social club activities, other participants advocated that it would be more beneficial if social club activities were carried out among students of the same age group.