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The Flexible Zone Programme from the Perspective of the Pupils of Primary Schools 395
Eleni Taratori, Pelagia Stravakou, Marina Kougiourouki The Flexible Zone Programme from the Perspective of the Pupils of Primary Schools The focus of this research paper is on flexible zone (FZ), an innovatory program which is currently being applied throughout compulsory education in Greece, aiming to record the reaction of pupils towards this program. The innovations of FZ include a newly-afforded flexibility to the teacher in selecting – by engaging the pupils – activities and study fields that are not included in the Curriculum, a change in teaching methods and equal opportunities when accessing the educa- tional process by taking multiculturalism into account. It aims at recording the pupils’ perspective on FZ. The research was conducted on 75 subjects; the methodology employed was content analysis, with spontaneous production of written texts used as the re- search tool. The study indicates that the program offers teachers flexibility in teaching and provides them with an alternative route away from strict adherence to the traditional Curriculum; most pupils appear pleased by the use of this in- novation but there are also pupils who find FZ boring. However, FZ is open to further research. Keywords: flexible teaching; initiative; interest; co-operation; interpersonal rela- tions; project work; Curriculum. Introduction Compulsory education schools in Greece operate based on a Curriculum- a legal text, binding for the action and teaching at school (Bouzakis & Foteinos, 2006) that all teachers have to abide by without any deviations from it. The Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs (political leadership) joined by the Pedagogic...
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