Michalinos Zembylas is Associate Professor of Education at the Open University of Cyprus, P. Box 12794, Latsia 2252, Cyprus; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. His research interests are in the areas of educational philosophy and curriculum theory, and his work focuses on exploring the role of emotion and affect in curriculum and pedagogy.
FEATURES SECTION ON ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM, AND EDUCATION
Integrated Schooling in Divided Cyprus: Impossible or Indispensible?
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2013
Journal compilation © 2013 Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism
Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Special Issue: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Education
Volume 13, Issue 3, pages 442–454, December 2013
How to Cite
Zembylas, M. (2013), Integrated Schooling in Divided Cyprus: Impossible or Indispensible?. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 13: 442–454. doi: 10.1111/sena.12047
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2013
This article reflects on the absence of integrated schooling in Cyprus, trying to make sense of why this educational model seems impossible at the moment, interpret the shared education initiatives or policies that have been attempted in the recent past, and consider the potential for integrated schooling and shared education in the future. The article takes the following route. It begins by offering a brief background on the Cypriot conflict and its connections with education. This is followed by an overview of the findings of a large ethnographic study I conducted between 2008 and 2010 in two schools in which some sort of shared educational experiences had taken place. Finally, the article concludes by analysing the tensions and challenges of shared education in these schools and identifying the future prospects of integrated schooling in Cyprus.