The focus of this research was to investigate how school administrators in Turkey managed the crises caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, which was a deadly threat for humanity worldwide. The research questions guiding this study are: 1) Did schools have a crisis plan? 2) If yes, how was the plan implemented in a crisis situation?; 3) What kind of changes were made in the plans?; 4) What should administrators do in such crisis situations?; and 5) What was done in the COVID-19 outbreak? The research was conducted as a qualitative case study which involved 105 school administrators. Due to the pandemic conditions that hindered direct face-to-face interviews and interactions, data collection was carried out online via a Google drive form with open-ended questions. The findings demonstrated that there were two main headings as the basis for the research problems. The first was the existence of crisis planning by school administrators; the other was the status of implementation of these plans. Finally, how school administrators handled crisis management was pointed out.
crisis management, planning, implementation, support, communication
Sadegul Akbaba Altun: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5690-6088
Mustafa Bulut: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0363-2364
Akbaba Altun, S., & Bulut, M. (2023). How did school administrators manage the crises during the COVID-19 outbreak?. Journal of Global Education and Research, 7(3), 234-248. https://www.doi.org/10.5038/2577-509X.7.3.1275
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