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Taking to the streets: A study of the street academy in Ankara
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Learning Practices inside and outside School (LPS), Sustainability Education Research (SER).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1240-4323
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2971-7393
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5498-9649
2019 (English)In: British Journal of Educational Studies, ISSN 0007-1005, E-ISSN 1467-8527Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In wide-ranging attacks on academic freedom in Turkey in recent years, thousands of academics have lost their university positions. At the end of 2016 oppositional academics, many of whom were dismissed from their positions for having signed a peace petition, established a Street Academy as an alternative way to reach out to both students and the public in Ankara. In this study we analyse the experiences of these street academy lecturers from the perspective of Social Representation Theory. Our main aims were to explore teaching experience perceptions and representations and, in addition, also the opportunities and challenges generated by this alternative academy. Data consisted of semi-structured interviews with five female and five male street academy lecturers. The results of a qualitative thematic analysis revealed that the way participants explained their experiences could be organised into three major themes and several subordinate themes. One of the most salient results was that participating in the street Academy had become a way to defend academic freedom. More generally suggested results demonstrated that teaching in this new setting, outside of the universities and away from customised learning environments, was quite a novel experience. The possible implications of street academy lecturers? experiences are discussed.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019.
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academic freedom, Turkey, alternative academies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-47226DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2019.1708265ISI: 000504945500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85078596775OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-47226DiVA, id: diva2:1382555
Available from: 2020-01-03 Created: 2020-01-03 Last updated: 2020-02-18

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