“Silence Belongs To the Young, Speech Belongs To the Old”: The Reason Why Research Assistants Remain Silent
Inayet Aydin, Özge Erdemli Sildiroglu, Tugba Güner Demir, Burcu Toptas

The behavior of silence in universities is one of the issues which need to be put importance on. Because sharing different ideas, views and suggestions at universities provide a basis for the development of universities and in turn societies and make it easy for them to adapt to new conditions. Within this scope, the purpose of the study is to identify the situations in which research assistants who work in universities remain silent and analyze the reasons why they display the behavior of silence and its consequences. The study has been modeled through the phenomenological model. Data which has been collected through a semistructured interview form has been analyzed with content analysis. According to the findings of the study, the most striking situations and issues in which research assistants remain silent have been determined as situations which involve power distance and situations which lack knowledge and experience. The themes which most come to the fore in relation to research assistants’ views on the reasons for remaining silent have been determined as the fear of receiving negative feedback, the belief that speaking will not provide any solution and organizational culture.

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