This study was conducted to determine where and by whom Syrian refugee students sit in the classroom at primary school. Survey method was used in the study. The data were obtained using the structured observation form. The population of the study consists of public primary schools in the districts of Esenler, Zeytinburnu, and Güngören of Istanbul province. Six primary schools selected from this population using the random cluster sampling method constituted the sample of the study. According to the results of the research, 49.4 of the Syrian refugee students sit on the desks at the back and 52.3% sit on the desks next to the wall. According to these results, Syrian refugee students are usually densely seated in less desirable areas, not all over the classroom. In the study, it was observed that 24.4% of the Syrian refugee students sit on the same desk with a Turkish student. The rate of seating with Turkish students increases in desks back lines of the classroom and near the wall. According to the results of the study, Syrian refugee students sit in the classroom either with another Syrian refugee student or with students who generally exhibit undesirable behaviour or who are less academically successful.
Keywords: Refugee students, classroom seating arrangement, classroom seating arrangement of refugee students