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Changes in regulation modes and social production of inequalities in education systems: a European comparison. - REGULEDUCENETWORK, Final Report, EUR 21606

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00086
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

The object of the REGULEDUC research network is to understand and compare the evolution of modes of regulation of education systems in five countries and to grasp some of their effects on the processes producing the social inequalities encountered in (secondary) school within the relevant local school spaces. The countries concerned are Great Britain (England), Belgium (the Francophone Community of Belgium), France, Hungary and Portugal. Six school spaces have been observed within the urban agglomerations of Budapest, Charleroi, Lille, Lisbon, London and Creteil (Paris region). The modes of regulation of the education system are closely linked to the whole range of mechanisms of orientation, coordination, control and balancing of the system. Thus we are dealing with one activity of "governance" of the system (Dale, 1997). But regulation has many sources and does not derive solely from the controlling activity of political or institutional authorities of the system. Autonomous regulations exist as well (Reynaud, 1989).
The goal of the project is to understand how different modes of regulation (political regulation, market regulation, autonomous regulations by local actors) evolve and combine in six local spaces, and how they affect the schools' logics of action. Indirectly we want to see how these changes can contribute to reconstructing local processes producing inequalities. The goal is to document the way local actors problematize and manage the question of inequalities. The research has been carried out on the macro, meso and micro levels, by combining quantitative and qualitative methodology. Some major results emerge from this analysis.

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