Democratic Education In The Egyptian Higher Education: Investigation Of Tutors’ Perception Of Democratic Education In The Egyptian Higher Education

Nashwa Ismail, Gary Kinchin, Julie-Ann Edwards

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Abstract

Democratic education (DE) sees young people not as passive recipients of knowledge, but rather as active co-creators of their own learning and valued participants in a learning community. This study investigates tutors’ understanding and implementation of DE in the Egyptian Higher Education (HE). It investigates HE tutors’ conception about learners controlling their educational process by being fully embedded in it. Data for this qualitative paper was collected from 20 tutors from two Egyptian universities via one-to-one interviews and focus groups. This study highlighted the inference of political events in Egypt, since 2011, on HE students in their way of thinking and reflecting and addressed the need of DE to be a part of the educational paradigm. This paper concluded that DE is based on placing students in the centre of their learning and empowering them. Also, tutor-student dialogic approach and tutor-student trust are essential approaches to implement DE.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3733
Number of pages13
JournalResearchjournali’s Journal of Education
Volume5
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • democratic
  • empowerment
  • autonomy
  • resistance
  • student-centre
  • engagement

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