Author(s): Hayrunnisa ASLAN
The aim of this study is to improve the orientation processes of the Syrian secondary school students, to examine the thoughts of Syrian and Turkish students about this orientation process. It is designed according to the action research pattern, which is one of the qualitative research methods. In the study, data were collected with structured open-ended questions. The study group consists of 8 Syrian and 8 Turkish students attending an official secondary school in Ankara in the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year. Before the application, the students were informed about the compliance activities based on peer support and students were expected to participate in the application for two weeks. When the application was completed, open-ended questions were asked to all students. According to the data obtained, Syrian students were the most active during the orientation activities; had difficulties expressing themselves, initiating and maintaining friendship. Turkish students, on the other hand, had difficulties with the language problem, the Syrian student being shy and the reactions of other students. Situations that support Syrian students are that Turkish students stand by them, support them against other students, and be together in the activities they attend. Supportive situations for Turkish students are to insist on maintaining the relationship and to receive support from their families. Both Syrian and Turkish students are happy to participate in orientation activities based on peer support.