AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 377–386

SQCs in Turkey as “Imece Circles”

Original Article

Abstract

The history of Total Quality in Education and Students’ Quality Circles in Turkish educational institutions is introduced through “İmece Circles (İCs).” The history dates from the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, and industrial quality-focused reforming actions in the 1980s. The Total Quality implications of the Ministry of National Education in 1990s will be discussed, with an account of the efforts of the writer as the Director of the Turkish Center for School of Quality and the Director General for Turkey for the World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education. The theory, practices and outcomes of nearly 2,000 ICs will be reported. Among the key innovations has been “Total Quality Management,” and its implementation, through various methods and tools, in different settings such as “Quality Circles.” The article concludes with some recommendations.

Keywords

Imece circles Students’ quality circles Turkey 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boğaziçi UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Kingston UniversityLondonUK
  3. 3.WCTQEEIstanbulTurkey

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