PRINCIPALS’ VIEWS OF THE EFFECTS OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC CRISIS ON PRIMARY EDUCATION

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

MENON ©online Journal Of Educational Research, 4th Issue, April 2017, University of Western Macedonia - Faculty of Education, Issue 4, Florina, Greece, p.16 (2017)

Keywords:

effects on education, principals’ views, qualitative research, social inequalities, socio-economic crisis

Abstract:

This study[1] investigated principals’ understanding of the issues faced in early childhood and primary education as an effect of the socio-economic crisis in Greece and discusses differences in their reasoning of the perceived effects on education.  While international and national reports have documented the effects of economic crisis in education, there is little research regarding teachers’ views in this context. 50 semi-structured in-depth interviews with school principals were conducted in Thessaloniki, Athens and Volos. Data were analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively.  All participants were informed about the purpose of the study and took part voluntarily. Results describe commonalities regarding the described effects of crisis on four different levels: children, parents, teachers and school function.  However, the reasoning of these effects varies, some giving emphasis on the structural constraints arisen from the crisis, others to the parent’s responsibility and ability to come up to the newly confronted circumstances in the context of the crisis, while some acquiring a mixed approach referring to both

 

[1] This is a qualitative study, part of a research programme (TOCSIN) that was funded by eea grants2009-2014 (Project Contract n° 3708) and operated by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT).

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