ERIC Number: EJ947702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Teachers' Voices in the Context of Higher Education Reforms in Armenia
Karakhanyan, Susanna; van Veen, Klaas; Bergen, Th. C. M.
European Journal of Education, v46 n4 p508-523 Dec 2011
In this article, teachers' sense-making and reasoning about higher education reforms in a post Soviet country, namely Armenia, are examined using an analytical framework with six sensitising concepts: beliefs, emotions, attitudes, change knowledge, attributions and organisational culture. The results of semi-structured interviews with 12 Armenian higher education teachers showed that they mainly felt distrust towards reforms and that the implementation initiatives caused dissatisfaction, frustration and therefore distortion. At a deeper level, the teachers mostly felt excluded from the reform process and that their role was depreciated. One striking feature was the predominant causal attribution of teachers to external, unstable and uncontrollable factors which question the success of the reforms.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interviews, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Change Strategies, Program Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Familiarity, Organizational Culture, Job Satisfaction, Performance Factors, Emotional Response, Attribution Theory
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Armenia