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Educational reform in North Cyprus : towards the making of a nation/state?

Mertkan-Ozunlu, Sefika and Thomson, Pat 2009, Educational reform in North Cyprus : towards the making of a nation/state?, International journal of educational development, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 99-106, doi: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2008.02.003.

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Title Educational reform in North Cyprus : towards the making of a nation/state?
Author(s) Mertkan-Ozunlu, Sefika
Thomson, Pat
Journal name International journal of educational development
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 99
End page 106
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 0738-0593
Keyword(s) educational reform
comparative education
education policy
Summary The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) aspires to take its place in Europe and the global ‘knowledge economy’. In order to do so, it needs not only to be politically recognised as legitimate and to develop the kinds of economic and governance structures that signify a functional state, but also to produce a cultural imaginary of itself as a nation. In this paper, we mobilise Appadurai’s theorisation of deterritorialisation, flows and context generation in order to examine the ways in which the implementation of educational reforms inTRNC might contribute to this ambition.We show that the ethnoscape and financescape combine to make education reform difficult, with specific challenges arising from the mixed commitment of the workforce, the capacity of the education bureaucracy to align support with policy mandates, and the ‘fit’ between the policy and local needs. We conclude by suggesting that TRNC faces the dilemma of working with cultural heterogeneity: Appadurai identifies this as a key ideoscape challenge for all nation/states.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2008.02.003
Field of Research 160506 Education Policy
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
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Collection: School of Education
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