07 SES 08 B, Minority Education
Thrace is a region to the south part of Balkan Peninsula. Τhe western part of Thrace belongs to Greece, while the eastern belongs to Turkey. Greek Thrace’s population reached 371,208 people (2011 census). More than two-thirds of Thrace’s inhabitants are Orthodox Christian, while the remainder (approx. 120,000) are Muslims. Thrace’s Muslims ancestors excluded from the exchange of Christians’ and Muslims’ population, that took place in the begging of the 20th century between Greek and Turkish states. Muslims of Western Thrace constitutes the only recognized minority in Greece.
Our research focused on a very sensitive issue: Thrace Muslim pupil’s education. It is an issue which appears often on the agenda of Greece and Turkey bilateral relations. As this part of Greece’s population enjoy minority status, Thrace Muslim’s educational rights are determined by a number of international treaties, as well as bilateral agreements (between Greece and Turkey). Pupils of Muslim origin can enroll either in the common Greek Schools or in the Minority Primary and Secondary ones.
Our research emphasized to Minority Schools and especially those teachers that come from Muslim community. More analytically, Minority Schools’ curriculum is separated in two parts: The Greek speaking and the Turkish speaking. Those languages are not taught only as linguistic courses, but are also used for the teaching of the rest of the courses. Two parallel and independent programs are developed, from which a department deals with cognitive objects and offers knowledge only in Turkish and the other deals with other cognitive objects and offers knowledge only in Greek. In the present educational system, school bilingualism beyond the language, is also repeated in the level of educational personnel. The teachers are separated in two categories: Turkish-speaking and Greek-speaking.
As we already mentioned, our proposed paper’s aim is to present teachers’ of Muslim origins approaches and believes concerns the education of Muslim children. More specifically, our main research question concerned Muslim teachers’ perceptions about the functionality and efficiency of minority schools. Secondary, we tried to address their views concerns a number of educational issues: their own professional education; the legal framework that determines the education of minority; the achievements of Muslim students and the factors contribute to the results; the attitude of the society towards the minority population and the expected changes in the operation of minority schools.
Ataöv, T. (1992). The Ethnic Turkish Minority in Western Thrace, Greece. Turkish Yearbook of International Relations, 22, pp. 89-99. Borou, C. (2009). The Muslim Minority of Western Thrace in Greece: An Internal Positive or an Internal Negative “Other”?. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 29:1, pp. 5-26, DOI: 10.1080/13602000902726723 Chousein, A. (2005). Continuities and changes in the minority policy of Greece: The case of Western Thrace. MSc. Thesis (unpublished), Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. Chouseinoglou, A. (2010). Minority education at the southeastern margins of Europe after 1991: The case of Western Thrace/Greece. Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2008). Methodology of Educational Research, Athens: Metaixmio. Cin, T. (2009). The Current Problems of the Turks of Western Thrace in Greece as a Member of the European Union. Creswell, J. W. (2011). Educational research: Planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. Athens: Ellin. Dragonas, T. & Frangoudaki, A. (2006). Educating the Muslim minority in Western Thrace. Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 17:1, pp. 21-41. Eğitim Sorunu. Ανακτήθηκε από http://www.batitrakya.org/bati-trakya/insan-haklari/egitim-sorunu.html Hüseyinoğlu, A. (2013). Minority education in Western Thrace under the ‘modern European minority policy’ of Kostas Karamanlis (2004-2009). Journal of Balkan Research Institute, 2:2, pp.51-72 Ogbu, J. (1983). Minority Status and Schooling in Plural Societies. Comparative Education Review, 27:2, pp. 168-190. Papageorgiou, M. (2012). Religion and Entrepreneurship: The Case of Muslim Minority in Thrace. Paraskevopoulou, A. (2002). Regional Policy and Minorities in the EU: The Case of Western Thrace, Greece. PhD Thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science University of London. Ribas Mateos, N. (2000). Old communities, excluded women and change in Western Thrace (Thracian Greece, the Provinces of Xanthi, Rhodopi and Evros). Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sociologia, Barcelona, Spain. Robson, C. (2007). Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-Researchers. Athens: Gutenberg. Seyppel, T. (1989). Pomaks in Northeastern Greece: an endangered Balkan population. Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs. Journal, 10:1, pp. 41-49. DOI: 10.1080/02666958908716100 Triandafyllidou, A. & Anagnostou, D. (2005). Regions, minorities and European policies: A state of the art report on the Turkish Muslims of Western Thrace (Greece).
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
The programme is updated regularly (each day in the morning)
- Search for keywords and phrases in "Text Search"
- Restrict in which part of the abstracts to search in "Where to search"
- Search for authors and in the respective field.
- For planning your conference attendance you may want to use the conference app, which will be issued some weeks before the conference
- If you are a session chair, best look up your chairing duties in the conference system (Conftool) or the app.