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Learning to Change

The Experience of Transforming Education in South East Europe


Terrice Bassler oversees education programs throughout South-East Europe for the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network. She is also a visiting fellow at the Institute of Education in London

A collection of first-person narratives by specialists in the field of education in South East Europe. The contributors are recognized leaders in civil society, government, academia and schools. Their works chronicle the profound effect armed conflict, political transition, and the increasing openness the region has experienced on education. It is a significant achievement as it is the work of individuals who are involved in the field and have a first hand perspective on issues of education in the region.
The essays shed light on the reality of the educational reforms: they are far from beeing linear progressive processes, on the contrary, they are very often paradoxical and even controversial.
Terrice Bassler has accumulated vast experience as overseer of education programs throughout South-East Europe for the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network.

"The collection covers reform programs in nine education systems – each summarized in helpful annexes of statistical data and detailed chronologies... All the stories in this book reveal that there are many individuals working for change with energy, passion and commitment. Where these reformers are lucky enough to find an enlightened government which gives them space to work, and where they are supported, perhaps by a non-governmental organization or a generous benefactor, they can make an important contribution to improving the lives of young people." - TOL Transitions Online

Contents

Map of South East Europe; Preface; About the Authors; Acknowledgments; Introduction Simin Han, Medina Korda, Bosnia and Herzegovina To Change or Not to Change, Alexandru Crisan, Romania Debate Was the Question Mark, School Was the Full Stop, Tomislav Reškovac, Croatia Out of the Tunnel: Romani School Desegregation, Petya Kabakchieva, Bulgaria Hard Waking Up, Božena Jelušic, Montenegro Everybody's School , Bardhyl Musai, Albania From Cocek to Brahms and Back, Refika Mustafic, Serbia Halim a Thousand Times: "Make a School like a Home", Lindita Tahiri and Dukagjin Pupovci, Kosova No Need to Hurry Up?, Petya Kabakchieva, Bulgaria Rites of Passage: Reforming the Matura Exam, Ivan Lorencic, Slovenia Shadows of the War: A Teacher in Serbia, Vigor Majic, Serbia Closer to the Ground, Terrice Bassler The South East Europe Context: Country Context Data; Chronologies and Milestones of Education: 1990-2004; For Further Reference

2005
240 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-19-6 cloth $45.95 / €34.95 / £23.95
ISBN 978-963-7326-20-2 paper $24.95 / €21.95 / £18.99


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