Determination of Educators’ Radical and Transformative Approaches on the Future of SchoolsJournal: Journal of Education and Future (JEF) (Vol.2012, No. 2)
Publication Date: 2012-07-24
Authors : Mehmet Fırat;
Page : 15-30
Keywords : Future of schools; educators; transformative approach; radical approach.;
Problem Statement: Paradigm shift in education has led to questioning the future of existing schools. Different radical and transformative scenarios and points of view regarding the future of schools discussed in educational literature. However, no matter what the scenario is the role of educators in shaping the future of the schools is inevitable. However, studies which have questioned the views of educators on the future of schools from the literature are insufficient. Purpose of the Study: The main purpose of this research is to determine the radical and transformative approaches of educators on the future of schools. For this purpose, a questionnaire consisting of two sections and 13 questions developed. Method: Data were collected from 163 educators from 21 different countries. Views of educators on the future of schools were analyzed according to their countries, ages, genders, and technology competencies. In analysis of data, descriptive statistics (%, f, ), Independent Samples T-test and One Way ANOVA techniques were used. SPSS 15.0 package program was used to analyze the data. Findings and Results: According to the findings of the study, educators supported the transformative approach rather than a radical change for the future of schools. Educators also indicated that the existing schools are insufficient to train new human profile. Most of the participants supported the view of "The universal and humanistic new forms of education are to be exposed." and "The current schools are not sufficient in training of human profile that meets the needs of contemporary society." Conclusions and Recommendations: At the end of this research it is possible to say that educators with active and leading roles can contribute to shaping the future of schools, without sentenced to probabilistic estimates. In future studies this research can be repeated with more participants from other stakeholders of educational systems like students and parents.
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