Inquiry into Turkey's Educational Technology, Governance, Situational Educational Policy: An Analysis

Inquiry into Turkey's Educational Technology, Governance, Situational Educational Policy: An Analysis

Hüseyin Tolu (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Rize, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/IJICTE.2018040105

Abstract

Investigating the sociology of educational technology can be approached through a series of deliberations based on the interaction between Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) and Proprietary Close Source Software (PCSS). This article consults public policy discourses of the Fatih project, which is the current educational technology project in Turkey, particularly focusing on discourses of politicians. This article argues that Turkey has been deploying an Anglo-Governance Model, which is based on an ‘experimental' and ‘strategic' governance, to be a dominating decision-maker in the technological singularity. However, without defining 'values' of FLOSS, any initiative(s) from Anglo-Governance Model will result in what could be referred to as an ‘PCSS-Based Polycentric System' in which the Government has ultimately became an unwelcome decision-maker and PCSS, particularly in such a way that giant corporations exercise dominance over the sociology of educational technology in Turkey.
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Educational Policy Analysis

The method employed in this study addresses the stated ‘values’ of the Fatih project, particularly discourses of politicians, as a secondary source between 2010 and 2017. Although the Government declares that the Fatih project will continue until 2023, since 2015, it is publicly known that the project is nearly suspended.

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