Type of Document Dissertation Author Mihai, Florin M URN etd-09042003-155011 Title Reforming English As A Foreign Language (EFL) CUrriculum In Romania: The Global And The Local Contexts Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Middle and Secondary Education, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Elizabeth J. Platt Committee Chair Frank B. Brooks Committee Member Frederick L. Jenks Committee Member George J. Papagiannis Committee Member Keywords
- Education Reforms
Date of Defense 2003-06-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe purpose of this study was to analyze the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) curriculum reform in Romania from the perspective of the influence of the global and local contexts on education. To characterize the EFL curriculum reform in Romania from the interaction of the
globalization movement with the local contexts in
education, a model of representation was designed. This model, based on the analysis of various education reforms, had four possible outcomes: global versus local, global and
local, local and global, and local versus global.
A document analysis, the study first took into account the international and global factors that influence education reform in general. Then, the historical and cultural background relevant to educational development in Romania was explored. After that, a document analysis was conducted to learn about the pre-reform and post-reform
Romanian EFL picture, bringing in the role and the influence of the World Bank, European Union, and British Council, on the one hand, and of Romanian history, culture, education, and politics on the other hand. Finally, based on the analysis of the selected sources of influence and on the model introduced in this study, a representation of the Romanian EFL curriculum was constructed.
This study offered a model of representation for education reforms from the perspective of the interaction of the global with the local and applied the model to the case of EFL curriculum reform in Romania. Further research in the area of education reform can not only utilize but
also expand this representation model.
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