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ERIC Number: EJ961795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1056-4934
"Running the Gauntlet": The Bologna Process in Greece
Mattheou, Dimitrios
European Education, v43 n3 p70-84 Fall 2011
Greece has not been among the signatory countries that rushed enthusiastically into the implementation of the Bologna process; it has only gradually and grudgingly managed to adopt some of its provisions over the past decade. This paper sheds light on the forces and factors that have put obstacles in its way, including: (1) the epistemological traditions of the Greek academy, insisting on the intrinsic value of scientific research irrespective of the practical application of its findings and on the detachment of scientific knowledge from vocational qualifications; (2) the longstanding politicization of students who have been busy defending their vested rights in the management of university affairs to allow them to get involved in a process that could allegedly only dispute their prerogatives; (3) the prevalence in public discourse of a conservative ideology, bringing together an odd mixture of leftism, populism, statism, demagogy, and triviality that paralyzed irresolute and short-sighted politicians and made certain social sectors--always suspicious of the gifts of the "European Danaos"--skeptical; and (4) the sociopolitical upheaval triggered by the present economic crisis in the country.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece