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EU Research in Social Sciences and Humanities: Education, Policy Review Series: n°4, EUR 22090

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS


The objective of this report is to synthesise the findings of 28 research projects on education supported by DG Research of the European Commission under the 4th and 5th EU Research Framework Programmes, in order to highlight their key findings and extract their key policy implications.
Education has become an increasingly important policy area as a result of its potential for improving societal well-being through increasing understanding and promoting economic growth as well as improving social cohesion and reducing social inequalities. However, as the research reviewed here reveals, meeting these various challenges is by no means straightforward.
The 28 research projects reviewed in this report cover all phases of education - from early childhood provision to the needs of adult learners. Their evidence is drawn from a wide variety of sources - from cross-national databases to individual life histories. They also include sociological, economic and psychological investigations.
The synthesis of findings from these diverse projects is organised into five broad policy themes: (a) modernising education systems; (b) innovations in teaching and learning; (c) addressing inequalities; (d) education and employment; and (e) European 'convergence' and integration. The final section pulls out generic issues of policy implementation and research needs.

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