The objective of this study is to determine disclosure levels of teachers working at primary and secondary schools against unethical and illegal acts they have encountered, the reasons behind their responses to such unethical acts as well as the relationship between whistleblowing behaviors and reasons and their personal values and to put forward suggestions for practitioners and researches that shall reveal the issue. Within the scope of the study conducted in descriptive survey model, 366 primary and secondary school teachers, selected through simple random sampling, working in Adapazarı district of Sakarya have been interviewed. The data have been collected through “Whistleblowing Scale”, “Reasons for Whistleblowing Scale” and “Personal Values Scale”. The findings of the study reveal that internal whistleblowing dimension has received the highest score with “I completely agree.” level from teachers while the lowest score has been obtained in external whistleblowing with “I am not sure.” level. Considering the reasons for whistleblowing, the highest score has been received in organizational profit and occupational values dimensions with “I agree.” level. The value of justice ranks the first among the values that the teachers have internalized while the least internalized value is loyalty. Female teachers hold higher levels of insights regarding whistleblowing and personal values compared to male teachers. A meaningful difference has been observed in internal whistleblowing dimension for the benefit of secondary school teachers. In external whistleblowing dimension a meaningful difference has been observed for the benefit of teachers with undergraduate degree while teachers with graduate degree hold a meaningful difference in personal values dimension. There is no meaningful difference among whistleblowing, reasons for whistleblowing and personal values of teachers based on their professional seniority. Considering the insights of the teachers regarding whistleblowing, reasons for whistleblowing and personal values, low levels of positive correlations have been observed in low dimensions and total scales.
Whistleblowing, Reasons for Whistleblowing, Personal Value