A New “Configuration” of the “Field” of Higher Education in Latest Reforms in Greece

By Dionyssios Gouvias.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In recent years, the Greek Higher-Education sector has witnessed dramatic changes. New legislation has been gradually introduced, which challenges the traditionally high autonomy of institutions of Higher Education (HE). The Greek State, after a period of relatively low degree of involvement, is becoming surprisingly ‘interventionist’. This paper, using Bourdieu’s concept of the “field” (in the sense that HE is considered as a field consisting of cognitive and structural mechanisms that mediate sociopolitical and economic forces), examines how the implementation of recent reforms in Greek Higher Education is evolving in terms of strategic planning, as well as of specific practical steps.

Keywords: Higher Education, Greece, Autonomy, Bourdieu

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.59-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 256.316KB).

Dr. Dionyssios Gouvias

Assistant Professor in Education Policy, Department of Pre-school Education and Educational Design, University of the Aegean, Greece

Dr. Dionyssios Gouvias obtained a Honour’s Degree in Sociology at the University of Crete (Rethymnon, Greece) and a M.Ed. and a Ph.D from the Manchester University, Faculty of Education. During his under- and post-graduate studies, he took part in various research projects concerning the socio-economic transformations, recent demographic developments and the link between school and work in Greece, and he has recently overseen a nation-wide research project on educational & occupational aspirations of students in technical and vocational schools. He published articles in international and major Greek (peer-reviewed) educational journals, while he is member of the editorial board of and reviewer for various journals in Greece and abroad. He is the co-author of a book in Greek titled School and Work: An empirical investigation of adolescent employment and of its effects on educational and occupational aspirations (Gutenberg Publications, 2007). He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the University of the Aegean, Department of Pre-School Education and Educational Planning (Rhodes campus), where he teaches at under- and post-graduate level. He also teaches in various short-term training seminars for primary and pre-primary schoolteachers, in the eastern and southern Aegean region.

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