Educational and Political Challenges in Reforming the Education of a Minority Population in Greece

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Drawing from the presentation at the plenary we will conduct a workshop and we will discuss (a) the oppositions and controversies encountered from both the minority and majority side, (b) the educational changes within and outside the school premises, (c) the overall changes in the local society. Nelli Askouni will present some of the research conducted and its indirect political influence; Efi Plexoussaki will discuss educational strategies adopted by minority families, the identity dilemmas involved as well as the difficulties of conducting field research is such a conflictual context; Anna Frangoudaki will discuss the principles guiding the development of the new teaching materials; Alexandra Androussou will talk about the challenges in designing and carrying out a multi-facet teacher training program; Thalia Dragonas will present the development of ten Cultural Centers which proved a successful structure in bypassing inter-ethnic antagonism; and finally Anna Frangoudaki will place the entire educational intervention in the wider context and will discuss the political implications.


Keywords: minority education, Muslim minority, educational reform
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 90 minute Colloquium in English
Paper: Educational and Political Challenges in Reforming the Education of a Minority Population in Greece, Educational and Political Challenges in Reforming the Education of a Minority Population in Greece


Prof. Thalia Dragonas

Professor, Social Psychology, University of Athens
Athens, Greece


Effie Plexousaki

Assistant Professor, Social Anthropology, Aegean University
Athens, Greece


Anna Frangoudaki

Professor, Sociology of Education
Athens, Greece


Dr. Alexandra Androussou

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Athens
Athens, Greece


Nelly Askouni

Assistant Professor, Sociology of Education, University of Athens
Athens, Greece


Ref: L09P1749