Educational Scholarship across the Mediterranean

A Celebratory Retrospective


The Mediterranean has once again come into its own in global geo-politics, attracting international interest that goes well beyond the typical stereotypes propagated by the tourist industry. Popular movements clamouring for democracy, conflict zones that have a spill-over effect well beyond the region, efforts to engage with globalisation on its own terms—one and all play out in various sectors of society, education included.

Educational Scholarship across the Mediterranean: A Celebratory Retrospective brings together in one volume a selection of the best articles that have appeared in the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, whose first issue was published in 1996. Each chapter highlights challenges faced by education systems across the region, seen from the perspective of leading scholars who draw on original empirical data, a broad spectrum of theoretical frameworks, and personal experience to reflect on education-related topics. Among these we find critical considerations of the role of the economy, demography, gender, social stratification, religion, politics, culture and language in shaping educational systems and practices.

Much has been achieved in the countries bordering on the Mediterranean over the past 25 years—and yet, a consideration of the continuities as much as of the ruptures is instructive, showing how education remains both a transformative and reproductive force in communities.

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Ronald G. Sultana is Professor of Education at the University of Malta, and Founding Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research. He has published widely on a range of educational topics, most having equity as a central concern.

Michael A. Buhagiar is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Malta. His main interests include teacher education, action research, and problem-based learning, about which he has published several papers in peer reviewed journals.
Preface: Back to the Future and the Politics of Hope
List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors

PART 1: Regional Focus

1 Socialisation, Learning and Basic Education in Koranic Schools
Abdel-Jalil Akkari
2 Is There a Semiperipheral Type of Schooling? State, Social Movements and Education in Spain, 1970–1994
Xavier Bonal and Xavier Rambla
3 Toward an Innovative University in the South? Institutionalising Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation in Research, Technology and Higher Education
Jorma Kuitunen
4 The Permanence of Distinctiveness: Performances and Changing Schooling Governance in the Southern European Welfare States
Paolo Landri
5 Gramsci, the Southern Question and the Mediterranean
Peter Mayo
6 Dis/Integrated Orders and the Politics of Recognition: Civil Upheavals, Militarism, and Educators’ Lives and Work
André Elias Mazawi
7 The North African Educational Challenge: From Colonisation to the Current Alleged Islamist Threat
Pierre Vermeren

PART 2: Country Focus

8 The Circulation of European Educational Theories and Practices: The Algerian Experience
Mohamed Miliani
9 State, Society, and Higher Education in Cyprus: A Study in Conflict and Compromise
Anthony A. Koyzis
10 Global Discourses and Educational Reform in Egypt: The Case of Active-Learning Pedagogies
Mark B. Ginsburg and Nagwa M. Megahed
11 Values in Teaching and Teaching Values: A Review of Theory and Research, Including the Case of Greece
Evangelia Frydaki
12 Peace Education in Israel: Encounter and Dialogue
Dov Darom
13 The Birth of ‘Citizenship and Constitution’ in Italian Schools: A New Wall of Competences or Transition to Intercultural Education?
Sandra Chistolini
14 Private and Privatised Higher Educational Institutions in Jordan
Muhammad Raji Zughoul
15 The Implications of Lebanese Cultural Complexities for Education
Linda Akl
16 The Maltese Bilingual Classroom: A Microcosm of Local Society
Antoinette Camilleri Grima
17 Multiculturalism, Citizenship, and Education in Morocco
Moha Ennaji
18 Conflict and Democracy Education in Palestine
Maher Z. Hashweh
19 Navigating Religious Boundaries at School: From Legitimate to Specious Religious Questions
Maria Esther Fernández Mostaza, Gloria García-Romeral and Clara Fons I Duocastella
20 Human Rights Education: A Comparison of Mother Tongue Textbooks in Turkey and France
Canan Aslan and Yasemin Karaman-Kepenekci
All interested in Mediterranean and regional educational studies, comparative education, education policy, education and development, politics of education, culture and education.
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