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Title:A phenomenon in the making: the Hizmet Movement, its philosophy on education, schools, and notions of bilingual education
Author(s):Incetas, Yusuf
Director of Research:Willis, Arlette I.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Willis, Arlette I.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Garcia, Georgia E.; Harris, Violet J.; Yurtsever, Ali
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Secondary & Continuing Educ
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Hizmet Movement (HM)
Fethullah Gulen
Gulenian philosophy
bilingual education
multicultural education
social context of education
language education
Hizmet phenomenon
phenomenological research
Gulen Movement (GM)
Fethullah Gülen
The Gülenian philosophy
Gülen Movement
Abstract:Education in general, and bilingual education in particular, faces many challenges in the U.S. As an immigrant receiving country, the U.S. is in dire need of sound language programs that will both maintain the use of home language and improve the English proficiency of bilingual children. This will also benefit the monolingual English-speaking students as well. This study looks into a new emerging movement deeply involved in education: The Hizmet Movement (HM). Its emergence, philosophy, educational practices, and approaches to bilingual education are the focus of the study. The research question aims to bring out the views of HM administrators on education as well as bilingual education. The present day leader of the HM, Mr. Fethullah Gülen, was interviewed and his responses were taken as the basis for the HM’s educational philosophy. Phenomenology was adopted as a research method to collect, process, and analyze data. Some key findings include the following: a) the HM participants see education as a lifelong process to be pursued with passion and interest, b) the Gülenian approach offers a more Sufism oriented socio-cultural approach to education that includes altruism, inner ethics, morality, and tolerance, c) bilingual education does not exist in HM schools. However, those schools qualify as multicultural and/or multilingual schools in terms of student body with educators offering education in a monolingual setting, d) Mr. Gülen sees women as an indispensable part of the society and education.
Issue Date:2014-05-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Yusuf Incetas
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-30
Date Deposited:2014-05

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