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Portrait of a Teacher of Educators Prof. Dr. Orhan Okay as a Role Model

Tacettin Şimşek, M. Abdullah Arslan
International Education Studies , Volume 14; doi:10.5539/ies.v14n5p95

Abstract: In education, the importance of effective and behavioral transfer besides cognitive information is a fact. In this sense, an educator is expected to be an example in terms of his behaviors as well as transferring his knowledge to the students. The best way to raise good students and form the desired behavior in them is the educators who personally touch the lives of their students being role models. In the Turkish academic world, M. Orhan Okay has a remarkable place not only with his scientific studies but also with his “human work” upbringing style. This study is carried out with document analysis which is one of the qualitative research methods. In this study, it is underlined that Okay is a role model/an ideal educator, further every aspect of his ideal educationalism, which complements his exemplary scientist identity, is emphasized. In this respect, besides being a well-equipped scientist, he showed his students and the whole academic environment how an example of an ideal / role model should be. In either way, he expected his students to do what he did personally (as an exemplary person in the academic and non-academic world). In conclusion, it is hoped that the educator deformation which has increased in recent years will disappear to a certain extent thanks to exemplary educators like Professor Okay.
Keywords: behavioral / academic / scientist / educator / Orhan / ideal / role models / exemplary / personally

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