Greek Schools and Computer Education: Socio-Cultural Interpretations

  • Georgia Kontogiannopoulou-Polydorides
  • Stelios Georgakakos
  • Antonis Zavoudakis
Part of the Technology-Based Education Series book series (TBES, volume 1)


The Greek educational system is highly centralized and is based on the principles of the “Greek humanism” which is a blend of the classical Greek tradition, the Greek Orthodox Christianity and the influences of the German idealism. The introduction of computer education in the eighties is based mainly on the policies of the European Community with priority in technical and vocational education. The accession of computer education (informatics) as an independent subject followed the model of the traditional subjects in the curriculum. The content of informatics is characterized by the instruction of programming with emphasis on paper and pencil exercises and the technical theoretical issues of computing, as shown in the results of the IEA-Computers in Education research. The replacement of this “technical approach” by the adoption of the “integrated approach” (using the computer across the curriculum) appears to be the first goal of the new educational policy on informatics education in the nineties. The extent of the realization of this goal is subject to evaluation.


Secondary Education Vocational Education Prospective Teacher Inservice Training Comprehensive School 
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  • Georgia Kontogiannopoulou-Polydorides
  • Stelios Georgakakos
  • Antonis Zavoudakis

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