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Policy Spaces and Educational Development in the Islamic Maghreb Region: Higher Education in Tunisia
The Development of Higher Education in Africa: Prospects and Challenges (2013)
  • Tavis D. Jules
  • Landis G. Fryer
Abstract
This research examines higher education developments within transitory democratic spaces, using Tunisia as a case study. A document analysis of higher education policies in Tunisia shows a shift from an internal process of Tunisification to a focus on prescriptive global educational agendas. In examining higher education reforms during the past three decades in Tunisia, we attempt to understand the role of higher education in aiding and abiding the “Arab democracy deficit” through policies imposed upon the system through strict state intervention. We describe how higher education structures came to be, how policies were created, and detail how the issues and challenges stemming from higher education helped spread sentiments for the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution. Finally, we examine a lack of convergence, which enabled students to galvanize to overthrow a government criticized for its corruption and policy failures.
Keywords
  • Islamic Maghreb Region,
  • Tunisia,
  • Education Reform
Disciplines
Publication Date
2013
Editor
Alexander W. Wiseman , Charl C. Wolhuter
Publisher
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Series
International Perspectives on Education and Society
ISBN
978-1-78190-698-9
DOI
10.1108/S1479-3679(2013)0000021017
Citation Information
Tavis D. Jules and Landis G. Fryer. "Policy Spaces and Educational Development in the Islamic Maghreb Region: Higher Education in Tunisia" The Development of Higher Education in Africa: Prospects and Challenges Vol. 21 (2013) p. 401 - 425
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tavis_jules/10/