SEEKING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE EDUCATION REFORMS OF THE JDP: A STUDY ON TRANSITION TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN TURKEY

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2022-2
Kalaycıoğlu, Beste
This study examines the educational reforms implemented in the JDP period in terms of social justice demand with a specific focus on the transition to higher education policies. It has been claimed that since the beginning of the 2000s, when policy-making practices were reshaped by neoliberalism, the application of populist discourse and an incremental policy-making model together marked the reforms implemented in the field of education in Turkey. The main motivation of the study is to question whether it is possible to achieve social justice in an environment where policymaking is incremental and the demand management mechanism is populist. In this context, the education reforms of the AKP are examined under three headings as material compensation policies, political compensation policies, and structural changes. The examination system, which is considered as one of the structural transformations, has been examined in more detail and discussed for the demand for social justice. As a result, as an extension of the neoliberal hegemony project, ensuring social justice in an environment where populism and incrementalism are applied together; is only possible in the context of the unintended consequences of the reforms, during limited periods and provided that the burden is transferred to the shoulders of the service recipients.

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B. Kalaycıoğlu, “SEEKING SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE EDUCATION REFORMS OF THE JDP: A STUDY ON TRANSITION TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN TURKEY,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.