The educational system of Cyprus since 1960 with particular reference to the relationship with the European Union
AbstractThis thesis reports on research carried out in Cyprus in 1990 s to ascertain perceptions and attitudes of educators towards the Europeanisation of education in that country. The pretext of the study was the decision by the Cypriot government to apply for membership of the European Union. A brief analysis of the history of education in Cyprus is provided, with the literature being used to provide a model of the factors and processes affecting Cypriot educational history, especially since independence in 1960. There were two samples and research methods used in the research. One sample consisted of a set of questionnaires administered to secondary school staff in Cyprus. A number of 621 were returned for analysis, a response rate of 93%. Secondly, interviews were carried out with 16 senior educational department staff. One of the interviews was with the then Minister of Education and Culture in the Government and the then Head of Delegation of the E. U. Commission to Cyprus. The main findings indicated significant support for the idea of Europeanisation, with changes being required in the structure of the secondary education, the curriculum content as well as teaching and learning methodologies. Major change is necessary for those requirements to be met. Following the analysis, a number of conclusions and recommendations are made to further the Europeanisation of the education system in Cyprus. Suggestions for future research as well as shortcomings in the research are noted.
PublisherUniversity of Wolverhampton
TypeThesis or dissertation
DescriptionA thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of Wolverhampton for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
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