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ERIC Number: EJ1053405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Education Policy in the Republic of Latvia: Lessons from Experience
Koke, Tatjana; Saleniece, Irena
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v51 n1-2 p45-63 2015
The idea for this article proceeds from personal, practical, and emotional experience and reflections on holding the position of the Minister for Education and Science during the period of the economic crisis in Latvia (2007-2010). The article consists of three parts. The first part outlines the potential of a position in power with a particular focus on developments in education policy. The second part gives an overview of the most important initiatives in the education sector undertaken by ministers for education during the first period of independence of the Republic of Latvia (1918-1940). Analyses of developments in the content of education in line with alterations in organisation of studies and professionalisation of teaching are provided. Regardless of the fact that the majority of changes were implemented with the intention to contribute to the awakening of people, nation and state, most of the initiatives induced resistance and rejection. In line with success and positive results, severe criticism of opponents and even peers had to be faced by those in a position of power. The third part raises the questions: "Is it possible to be an independent intellectual and a politician at the same time?" and "What are the benefits and difficulties in preserving two identities: an academic and/or a politician?"
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Latvia
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