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Senior High School Undergraduate Students’ Viewpoints About the Knowledge Provided at Greek Schools: A Sociological Approach

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School Knowledge, Meaning, Subject, Acting Entity
  • Evaggelia, Kalerante
  • Lela, Gogou
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The present paper is concerned with the Senior High School undergraduate students’ viewpoints. The research was conducted in Greece throughout 2012-2013 in the 2nd Educational District of Attica, in an urban centre where different social classes and the families’ corresponding economic, educational capital is fully represented. In these schools, the percentage of students who succeed in the exams for Tertiary Education corresponds to the average of students succeeding across Greece. It is important that the research was conducted during the period of experiencing the economic crisis as a permanent condition in our country (MEMORANDUM 2009 until today). Semi-constructed interviews provided the opportunity to study the students’ viewpoints about the content of knowledge provided at schools, the possibility of its implementation, the manner of its dissemination, its association with classroom instruction as well as their everyday interaction with teachers in and out of the classroom. This way, the focus of attention is placed on the manner by which students, as research subjects and acting entities of the school institution give meaning and interpret both the knowledge provided and the existing conditions in education. According to the research students disapprove the educational system. They regard knowledge merely as a tool to help them pass their exams and not as a factor for further development. They are found entrapped within an ineffective system in which the juvenile culture, contact with true knowledge and entrance in the labor market are not taken into account. Senior High School focuses on exams to enter the University. In this respect, students combine school subjects with individual or group tutorials off the school environment in order to achieve their objective. Moreover, there is no collaboration between teachers and students resulting in a formal and fruitless procedure which takes place at school.

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