Two Decades of Innovations for the Prevention of Illiteracy in Contemporary Greek Schools

By Athina Sipitanou.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Our research has revealed that during the last decade of the 20th century a series of important educational measures were introduced by the Greek state in order to support students with low academic performance. These measures aim to improve the quality of the educational process and mainly to prevent functional illiteracy. Therefore, in our country since the 90's in particular, a special education support program began to develop within schools. It aims to support students who attend mainstream schools and face problems of low school performance, thus helping them to follow the average pace of the class. Simultaneously, special counterbalancing, supportive systems were established for students of immigrants, repatriates and minorities in the public school. Today, 35 years after the start of the provision of the Constitution for the nine-year compulsory education in our country, the persistent leakage of high school students is still important and, therefore, drastic measures by the state are necessary in order to eradicate this phenomenon which poses the risk for children who drop out of school to face serious difficulties later in their professional lives and in their lives generally.

Keywords: Innovation In Primary And Secondary Education, Prevention Of Illiteracy, Contemporary Measures In Greek Schools, Intercultural Education

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp.41-51. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 357.991KB).

Dr. Athina Sipitanou

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Mecedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Specializing in Adult Education, Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. She has participated in more than 90 congresses and scientific meetings both in Greece and abroad as an introducer, while she has also represented Greece in several international meetings as an expert. Her scientific views are on the books of "Illiteracy in Greece: continuity and change of the problem., "Institutions and policies of the European Association for Lifelong Learning. A critical-interpretive approach. and "Paulo Freire 1921-1997. Adult education as an act of liberation. She has more than 55 publications to present both independently and in cooperation with other scientists of the same branch, while she has also translated and has been responsible for text editing of 20 books. She participates in European University networks of studies and research as well as in committees of the University of Macedonia. Furthermore, she is a reviewer of scientific magazines and books published by Greek research centers. She is member of the Administrative Board of the Greek Pedagogical Association, and since its inception in 1997 she is member of Administrative Board of the Balkan Society for Pedagogy and Education, while she is a member in educational, cultural and charitable associations.