This book attempts to examine the educational consequences of the recent social and economic situation in Greece, and it explores—on a general level—new possibilities for teaching and learning at times of national crisis. Using Greece as an exemplary case, Maria Chalari demonstrates how the relationship between neo-liberalism and education is especially salient during difficult times; it also demonstrates the effect of this relationship on teachers’ day-to-day experiences. By attending to, yet moving beyond, the negative implications of socio-economic crisis, this volume aims to present core educational values of the current era, as well as the crucial issues that may become opportunities for reflection and change.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Crisis
Chapter 3: Crisis and education
Chapter 4: Rethinking education
Chapter 5: Researching the impact of crisis and seeking possibilities of hope
Chapter 6: The impact of the crisis on Greek society and education
Chapter 7: The social and political problems behind the socio-economic crisis
Chapter 8: The role of education in the reconstruction of Greek society
Chapter 9: New frameworks for teaching and learning
Chapter 10: Conclusions
Maria Chalari is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
"This is an important contribution to the study of the consequences that neoliberal policies have on education. Maria Chalari’s book focuses on teachers’ perceptions and experience of the immense difficulties encountered during the darkest days of the Greek fiscal crisis (2009-2014). But more than this, this is a book that grapples with the important question of finding alternative ways forward, ways that resist to the erosion of educational thought by neoliberal ideology. This is of great importance today, as in many parts of the world education is ‘under siege’ by policies and practices that emanate from the entanglement between reactionary-populism and authoritarian neoliberalism."
-- Panagiotis A. Kanellopoulos, Professor in Music Education, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly, Greece and Yannis Pechtelidis, Associate Professor in Sociology of Education, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Thessaly, Greece.