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The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period

Year 2020, Volume 5, Issue 1, 275 - 322, 07.05.2020
https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.8

Abstract

Teacher unions worldwide are being criticized for disregarding their responsibility as professionals towards education and students. Critics have claimed that teacher unions tend to protect incompetent teachers, place their own needs and interests above their students, and continuously demand for financial increases even when there is more urgency to elevate teacher professionalism and improve teacher quality. This statement does not take into consideration the political, social and economic aspects that influence unions’ decisions. Therefore, this study utilizes a qualitative research design, specifically a grounded theory approach to investigate the challenges facing teacher unions in Lebanon from the perspective of union leaders and union members. Data was collected from seventeen public school union leaders and twenty-one teachers. Findings have revealed that teacher unions have assumed a social justice role limited to raising awareness. There are organizational, legal, political, educational, social, and economic barriers that prevent teacher unions in Lebanon from assuming a more active role as a union.

References

  • Aboulmona, R. S. (2013, February 27). Union warns to cripple entire Lebanon over pay hike. Daily Star Lebanon. Retrieved December 11, 2018, from http://www.dailystar.com.lb/ArticlePrint.aspx?id=208112&mode =print Albawaba. (2012). Strike fever catching in Lebanon. Retrieved January 10, 2019, from https://www.albawaba.com/business/teach-strike-lebanon447079 Azar, G. (2018). Lebanon secures over $11billion at Paris conference. Retrieved January 17, 2019, from https://en.annahar.com/article/787174-lebanon-reels-23bn-inmorning-cedre-session

Year 2020, Volume 5, Issue 1, 275 - 322, 07.05.2020
https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.8

Abstract

References

  • Aboulmona, R. S. (2013, February 27). Union warns to cripple entire Lebanon over pay hike. Daily Star Lebanon. Retrieved December 11, 2018, from http://www.dailystar.com.lb/ArticlePrint.aspx?id=208112&mode =print Albawaba. (2012). Strike fever catching in Lebanon. Retrieved January 10, 2019, from https://www.albawaba.com/business/teach-strike-lebanon447079 Azar, G. (2018). Lebanon secures over $11billion at Paris conference. Retrieved January 17, 2019, from https://en.annahar.com/article/787174-lebanon-reels-23bn-inmorning-cedre-session

Details

Primary Language English
Subjects Social
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Emma GHOSN This is me
University of Toronto
Canada


Rima Karami AKKARY This is me
American University of Beirut
Lebanon

Publication Date May 7, 2020
Published in Issue Year 2020, Volume 5, Issue 1

Cite

Bibtex @research article { real733390, journal = {Research in Educational Administration and Leadership}, eissn = {2564-7261}, address = {}, publisher = {Educational Administration Research and Development Association}, year = {2020}, volume = {5}, number = {1}, pages = {275 - 322}, doi = {10.30828/real/2020.1.8}, title = {The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period}, key = {cite}, author = {Ghosn, Emma and Akkary, Rima Karami} }
APA Ghosn, E. & Akkary, R. K. (2020). The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period . Research in Educational Administration and Leadership , 5 (1) , 275-322 . DOI: 10.30828/real/2020.1.8
MLA Ghosn, E. , Akkary, R. K. "The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period" . Research in Educational Administration and Leadership 5 (2020 ): 275-322 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/real/issue/54210/733390>
Chicago Ghosn, E. , Akkary, R. K. "The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period". Research in Educational Administration and Leadership 5 (2020 ): 275-322
RIS TY - JOUR T1 - The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period AU - EmmaGhosn, Rima KaramiAkkary Y1 - 2020 PY - 2020 N1 - doi: 10.30828/real/2020.1.8 DO - 10.30828/real/2020.1.8 T2 - Research in Educational Administration and Leadership JF - Journal JO - JOR SP - 275 EP - 322 VL - 5 IS - 1 SN - -2564-7261 M3 - doi: 10.30828/real/2020.1.8 UR - https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.8 Y2 - 2019 ER -
EndNote %0 Research in Educational Administration and Leadership The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period %A Emma Ghosn , Rima Karami Akkary %T The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period %D 2020 %J Research in Educational Administration and Leadership %P -2564-7261 %V 5 %N 1 %R doi: 10.30828/real/2020.1.8 %U 10.30828/real/2020.1.8
ISNAD Ghosn, Emma , Akkary, Rima Karami . "The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period". Research in Educational Administration and Leadership 5 / 1 (May 2020): 275-322 . https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.8
AMA Ghosn E. , Akkary R. K. The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period. REAL is a scholarly peer-reviewed publication. 2020; 5(1): 275-322.
Vancouver Ghosn E. , Akkary R. K. The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period. Research in Educational Administration and Leadership. 2020; 5(1): 275-322.
IEEE E. Ghosn and R. K. Akkary , "The Struggle of Lebanese Teacher Unions in a Neoliberal Period", Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 275-322, May. 2020, doi:10.30828/real/2020.1.8


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