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Palgrave Studies in Educational Media

Europe in the Classroom

World Culture and Nation-Building in Post-Socialist Romania

Authors: Szakács-Behling, Simona

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  • Explores the impact of Education reform in Romania since 1989
  • Discusses how global citizenship models are used in textbooks, curricula, and classroom practices to prepare young people to cope with the globalised world
  • Argues that education reform ultimately continues to serve a nation-building agenda 
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This book provides an unconventional account of post-1989 education reform in Romania. By drawing on policy documentation, interviews with key players, qualitative data from everyday school contexts, and extensive textbook analysis, this groundbreaking study explores change within the Romanian education system as a process that institutionalises world culture through symbolic mediation of the concept ‘Europe’. The book argues that the education system’s structural and organisational evolution through time is decoupled from its self-depiction by ultimately serving a nation-building agenda. It does so despite notable changes in the discourse reflecting increasingly transnational definitions of the mission of the school in the post-1989 era. The book also suggests that the notions of ‘nation’ and ‘citizen’ institutionalised by the school are gradually being redefined as cosmopolitan, matching post-war patterns of post-national affiliations on a worldwide level.

About the authors

Simona Szakács is a postdoctoral researcher at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Brunswick, Germany. Her research is focused on the interplay between Europeanization, global cultural change, and post-socialist transformation in education from a transnational, wider-world perspective.

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“Simona Szakács has produced an impressively creative study of Romanian curricular developments over recent periods. Romania depicts itself not as dramatically distinct but as a cosmopolitan instance of proper European nationhood. And the imagined Europe seems to be an indistinct cosmopolitan instance of general global norms. The book will be of great interest not only to students of Romanian education, but also to those interested in the evolution of national and European identities in general.” (John W. Meyer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, USA)

“This book explores the role of European and global citizenship models in preparing young people to cope with the trials and tribulations of the current globalised world. The “forward”- looking approach clashes often enough with the reality of this post-communist country. Anyone interested in exploring the challenges of education and the tension between national and global citizenship in the 21st century should read this book!” (Hanna Schissler, Adjunct Professor of History, University of Hanover, Germany)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Europe in the Classroom
Book Subtitle
World Culture and Nation-Building in Post-Socialist Romania
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Educational Media
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60258-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60258-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60257-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86819-6
Series ISSN
2662-7361
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 280
Number of Illustrations
9 illustrations in colour
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