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ERIC Number: EJ993955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
The Power of Chameleonic Ideas in the Policy Decision-Making Process: The Case of the "Students' Revolution" in Chile
Cabieses, Baltica; Espinoza, Manuel
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v38 n4 p509-511 2012
Chile is facing a major intellectual revolution: organised college students are arguing for the most significant educational reform since the period of dictatorship (1973-1990). Thousands of high-school and university students have refused to go to lessons since early June 2011, calling for better and more affordable education and an end to a two-tier system that offers a few wealthy, elite colleges amid many underfunded public ones. This phenomenon is, with the exception of a very few violent situations, a peaceful revolution based on the power of sound, evidence-based, clear and robust ideas. There is much that can be learned from this phenomenon. First, it represents the existence of a well-informed and empowered civil society in Chile, possibly a partial consequence of the country's socioeconomic instability and democratic development in the past three decades. Second, it illustrates how new generations are not prepared to live in the sort of "culture of fear" that has been well reported in other Latin American countries (for example Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela) in recent years. Third, and of particular interest, it provides evidence of the enormous power of robust and chameleonic ideas in the policy decision-making process. This discussion will briefly develop the idea that, along with civil empowerment and informed community participation through extensive communication and institutional channels, a crucial factor determining the success of the current students' educational revolution in Chile is the existence and use of chameleonic ideas that act as vehicles for successful infiltration of the political agenda. This reflection might shed some light on how to promote research activity into political action in an effective fashion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Chile