Department of Education

Yusuf Oldac

DPhil Student

College Affiliation: St Edmund Hall

Yusuf Ikbal Oldac is a doctoral student in education at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. His research interests include internationalisation of higher education, social justice in education, and school effectiveness and improvement.

Yusuf completed his BA degree in Foreign Language Education at Boğaziçi University in Turkey with an honours certificate. Upon the completion of his BA degree, Yusuf started studying for his MSc degree at Middle East Technical University in Turkey. In his master’s thesis, Yusuf examined the relationship between student achievement and a set of school-level variables including distributed leadership, academic optimism, teacher collaboration and enabling school structure in the state-funded schools in Turkey using a multilevel methodology. During his MSc study, Yusuf worked as a full-time research assistant at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Middle East Technical University. As part of his position, he contributed to several funded research projects on international student mobility and social justice in higher education.

Yusuf is currently conducting a biographical study on student self-formation in international student mobility and the development of perceived contributions to home country as part of his DPhil project. He examines how Turkish internationally mobile students develop human capital, social capital and civic values while studying abroad and how these three may interconnect to their (potential) contributions to Turkey.

Yusuf is a fully funded scholar at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He is a member of the Higher Education, and Comparative and International Education research groups at the University of Oxford. He has a presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.

Publications

Journal Articles

Oldac, Y. I., & Kondakci, Y. (2019). Multilevel analysis of the relationship between school-level variables and student achievement. Educational Management Administration & Leadership. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143219827303

Book chapters

Kondakci, Y., Beycioglu, K., Oldac, Y. I., & Senay, H. H. (2018). Governmental supports for students in Turkey: Beneficiary perspective on the use of financial and social support in higher education. In Shah M., McKay J. (Eds.), Achieving Equity and Quality in Higher Education: Global Perspectives in an Era of Widening Participation (pp. 327-348). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kondakci, Y., Zayim, M., Oldac, Y. I., & Şenay, H. H. (2016). Türkiye’de okul müdürlerinin sosyal adalet rolleri [The social justice roles of school principals in Turkey]. In K. Beycioğlu, N. Özer, D. Koşar, & İ. Şahin (Eds.), Eğitim Yönetimi Araştırmaları (pp. 353–361). Retrieved from https://www.pegem.net/UserFiles/File/pdff.pdf

Peer-reviewed academic conference papers

Oldaç, Y.I. (2019, October). International student mobility and student self-formation: A comparative biographical study of Turkish migrants and returnees. Paper presented at the 10th International Russian Higher Education Conference, Moscow, Russia.

 Oldaç, Y.I. (2019, October). Uluslararası eğitim mezunu Türk bireylerin ülkelerine olan katkı algıları: karşılaştırmalı bir bakış [The perceptions of Turkish international education graduates on their contributions to their country: A comparative perspective]. Paper presented at the 4th International Higher Education Studies Conference, Çanakkale, Turkey.

Durak, T., & Oldaç, Y.I. (2019, October). Türk bursiyerlerinin gelecek kaygısının araştırılması [Studying Turkish government scholars’ future anxiety]. Paper presented at the 4th International Higher Education Studies Conference, Çanakkale, Turkey.

Oldac, Y.I. (2019, April). A biographical study of self-formation in international student mobility: The perspectives of Turkish migrants and returnees. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society: Dissertation Mentoring Workshop, San Francisco, CA.

Oldac, Y. I., Kondakci, Y., Ertem, H. Y., Yesim, C. A. (2018, September). Regional Differences in the Satisfaction of International Students in a Non-traditional Destination –Turkey. Paper presented at the meeting of European Educational Research Association: European Conference on Educational Conference, Bolzano, Italy.

Kondakci, Y., Beycioglu, K., Oldac, Y.I., Senay, H.H. (2017, October). The effectiveness of student supports from the perspective of the beneficiaries. Paper presented at the 2nd International Higher Education Studies Conference, Antalya, Turkey.

Gokalp, G., Ertem, H.Y., Oldac, Y.I. (2017, October). Li̇sansüstü öğrenci̇leri̇n akademi̇k destek i̇hti̇yaçları [Academic support needs of postgraduate students]. Paper presented at the 2nd International Higher Education Studies Conference, Antalya, Turkey.

Kondakci, Y., Oldac, Y.I., Ertem, H.Y. (2017, May). Uluslararasi öğrenci̇leri̇n Türki̇ye’yi̇ terci̇h nedenleri̇ ve Türki̇ye’deki̇ deneyi̇mleri̇ üzeri̇ne ni̇tel bi̇r çalişma [A qualitative study on the reasons behind international students’ choice of Turkey and their experiences in Turkey] Paper presented at the 12th International Congress on Educational Administration, Ankara, Turkey.

Oldac, Y.I., Kondakci, Y. (2017, April). The relationship between distributed leadership, enabling school structure, teacher collaboration, academic optimism and student achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Oldac, Y.I., Kondakci, Y. (2016, August). The relationship between distributed leadership, teacher collaboration, enabling school structure and academic optimism. Paper presented at the meeting of European Educational Research Association: Emerging Researchers’ Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Kondakci, Y., Zayim‐Kurtay, M., Oldac, Y.I., Senay, H.H. (2016, May). Türkiye’de okul müdürlerinin sosyal adalet rolleri [The social justice roles of school principals in Turkey]. Paper presented at the 11. Ulusal Eğitim Yönetimi Kongresi, İzmir, Turkey.

Kondakci, Y., Demir, C., Ertem, H.Y., Oldac, Y.I. (2016, May). Uluslararası öğrencilerin Türkiye’deki akademik ve sosyal yaşam doyumları [The academic and social life satisfaction levels of international students in Turkey]. Paper presented at the 11. Ulusal Eğitim Yönetimi Kongresi, İzmir, Turkey.

Academic prizes

 2019: New Generation Programme, Rossotrudnichestvo [An award by the Russian Government that provides full funding for promising young foreign citizens to attend the 10th International Russian Higher Education Conference in Moscow and to see Russia first-hand.]

2019: Graduate Student Award, 14th International Congress on Educational Administration, [An award to recognise the quality of contribution to the Congress and to provide full funding to cover participation expenses]

2019: Santander Academic Travel Award [An award to fund my participation to Comparative and International Education Society’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California]

2018: British Association for International and Comparative Education Student Fieldwork Grant [A competitive grant awarded to cover the fieldwork expenses of my doctoral research project]

Thesis

A biographical study of self-formation in international student mobility: The perspectives of Turkish migrants and returnees

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