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Teachers’ Perception of Their Participation in Policy Choices: The Bottom-up Approach of the Nueva Escuela Unitaria in Guatemala

Mantilla, Martha E. (2001) Teachers’ Perception of Their Participation in Policy Choices: The Bottom-up Approach of the Nueva Escuela Unitaria in Guatemala. In: Policy as Practice: Towards a Comparative Sociocultural Analysis of Educational Policy. Ablex Publishing, Westport, Connecticut, London, 123 - 144. ISBN 1-56750-516-3

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Abstract

In this chapter I show the relationship between participation on the one hand and policy formation and appropriation on the other. More specifically, I address the issue of teachers’ participation in the formation and appropriation of educational policies within the context of the Nueva Escuela Unitaria (NEU) in Guatemala. NEU is an educational reform initiative that seeks innovative ways of engaging different actors such as teachers, parents, students, government officials and program administrators, in the decisions concerning the educational choices that affect their lives. I begin with a brief summary of the views of donor agencies and international organizations on people’s participation in local affairs during the last five decades. I introduce the NEU educational reform initiative and provide background information on Guatemala’s social and political conditions. I concentrate on the teachers’ perception of their participation in the formation and appropriation of educational policies and conclude the article with a discussion on NEU’s bottom-up philosophy on policy formation and appropriation.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mantilla, Martha E.martham@pitt.eduMARTHAM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for Latin American Studies
Date: 2001
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: Ablex Publishing
Place of Publication: Westport, Connecticut, London
Page Range: 123 - 144
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Escuela, Nueva, Unitaria, NEU, New, Unitary, School, Guatemala, Educational, Reforms, Participation, Appropriation, Educational, Policies, Bottom-up., Educación, Reformas, Educativas, Políticas, Educativas, Participación, Apropiación
ISBN: 1-56750-516-3
Title of Book: Policy as Practice: Towards a Comparative Sociocultural Analysis of Educational Policy
Editors:
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sutton, MargaretUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Levinson, Bradley A. U.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 19:15
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:08
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11055

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