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Legal Framework of New Governance and Modern Policy in Education throughout Europe

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-50001
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

The past quarter of a century has witnessed developments, which have contributed to a demand for structural change in education. It has become clear that improved teacher training and increased resources, while important, cannot by themselves produce the fundamental improvements, which the times require.
This new reality has led to a greatly increased interest, among policymakers, in learning from the experience of other countries. There is a growing rapprochement of national and state educational systems as EU institutions strengthen their provisions for comparability. Decisions by the European Court of Justice have reinforced this tendency. A further development are the changes experienced by educational systems in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the candidates to join the European Union, at a time when many governments are committed to forming a "common European space" in education.
Finally, the changing world economy has made it impossible for those who set policy for educational institutions to continue to ignore developments beyond their own borders.
On the basis of analyses of the legal framework of educational systems, comparable information and comparative analyses on (1) educational freedom and accountability and (2) liability and responsibility in education are provided. The descriptions (country reports) and comparative analyses result in a reference source on the legal framework of education systems in Europe that can be used by policy makers in selecting legal practices and instruments that are best adapted to the needs of a specific country.

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Record Number: 7333 / Last updated on: 2006-04-11
Category: PROJ