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Pavel Zgaga

Education in the Whirlwinds of ‘transition’

Doi number:10.14413/HERJ.2016.02.02

Keywords: Slovenia, transition, education, educational policy, political vs. academic discourse

This article addresses the role of educational researchers in the process of the so-called transition in Slovenia. The concept of transition is critically reflected; we believe that understanding of transition processes needs to be installed in a broader historical, social and cultural context. This context is briefly outlined. Processes that have gradually led to a transition are tracked through some key public debates about educational issues that arose in the 1970s and 1980s. They contributed to preparing the ground for radical changes that occurred at the turn of the 1980s into the 1990s. In the final part, the question about the role of researchers in the post-transitional society is addressed. With analysis of the relationship between political discourse and academic discourse we claim that relativisation of the role of research and researchers is progressing in modern times.


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DOI: 10.14413/HERJ.2016.02.02

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