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Convergence and Divergence in European Education and Systems
Bedford Way Papers
This book offers a unique picture of education and training in the EU between the early 1980s and the late 1990s. It synthesizes a wealth of research, policy documents and original data from the fifteen Member States and from the European Commission. The advent of the Single Market and of the euro have focused attention on economic integration in Europe; while discussions of globalization also emphasize common trends and economic convergence. Convergence and Divergence in European Education and Training Systems demonstrates that, while European education and training systems are responding to powerful general trends, they remain highly distinctive, with no obvious movement towards a single common pattern.
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This book provides a fascinating insight into the changes taking place within European Union education systems. It will act as an important source of information for all those involved in the further development of these systems, whether as researchers, policy-makers, administrators or practitioners. -- Elizabeth McNess, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol Comparative Education, 36:1 Green, Wolf, and Leney are to be commended for shaping statistical and structural information about national education and training systems, from official reports that can be lifeless and overwhelming, into a comprehensible and persuasive narrative. Anyone who wishes to stay abreast of recent changes in European education will welcome the assistance they have provided. -- Stephen F. Hamilton, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University Comparative Education Review, 45:2 ...an enormously useful book. It will help those scholars with a general interest in international and comparative research, or who simply want a quick and ready guide to current issues in a particular country ... an impressively authoritative and accurate guide to an extraordinary range of policies, institutions and practices. It is therefore an ideal resource for graduate students, as well as more general readers in the field. -- John Field Compare