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The politics of the secondary school curriculum in Greece.

Ifanti, Amalia A.; (1992) The politics of the secondary school curriculum in Greece. Doctoral thesis , Institute of Education, University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis describes the role of politics of the Greek secondary school curriculum and focuses on the system of control of education as well as the influence of some interest groups on the policy formation. The study of the educational system from the foundation of the modern Greek state in 1828 up to the present gives the historical context of the traditional and the new secondary school curriculum. It also points out the demands for curriculum reform, especially since 1950s, in the view of the broader social, political and economic changes and it underlines the difficulties of the system to be changed. The obstacles to educational modernization and democratization are sought in the traditional views of valued knowledge in Greece, such as humanism, and in the politics of the curriculum. The Greek educational system has still an academic and humanist orientation which is based on the Orthodox Christian ideas and the Ancient Greek values and it is characterized by a non progressive attitude to curriculum change. The politics of the curriculum control in Greece, on the other hand, is very much affected by the role of the state which is centralized, bureaucratic and authoritarian. Consequently, the influence of some important interest groups such as the political parties, the University of Athens Faculty of Philosophy and the Federation of Secondary School Teachers (O.L.M.E.) on the educational decison-making process is examined in detail.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: The politics of the secondary school curriculum in Greece.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: Greece,National curriculum,Secondary education,Politics and education,State and education,Educational policy making,Traditional curriculum,Educational reform,History of education
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10018656
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