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ERIC Number: EJ834683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0161-7761
The Political Coherence of Educational Incoherence: The Consequences of Educational Specialization in a Southern Moroccan Community
Boum, Aomar
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v39 n2 p205-223 Jun 2008
This article is based on an ethnographic study I conducted in southern Morocco during 2004. I explore the historical, ideological, and cultural background behind educational specialization among Moroccan university students. I describe how French colonial educational policies and postindependence Moroccan national schooling ideologies have created a national system of double standards that: (1) privileges French-educated urban middle- and upper-class students, (2) emphasizes the Arabization of the national education system, and (3) discriminates against Arabized, largely rural students, which have exacerbated regional educational and socioeconomic inequalities. I finally contend that educational specialization in noncompetitive degrees such as Arabic language and literature, Islamic studies, geography, and general law is the result of an ideological matrix I have termed "political coherence of educational incoherence." Political coherence of educational incoherence naturalizes the reliance of certain disfranchised regional groups on a traditional preschool Islamic education that is largely based on memorization and inefficient pedagogy and is unsuitable for the modern educational requirements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Morocco