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By Marilyn Osborn, Patricia Broadfoot, Elizabeth McNess, Birte Ravn, Claire Planel, Pat Triggs

This attention-grabbing quantity compares the adventure of younger newbies in England, France and Denmark so as to research the connection among nationwide academic cultures, person biographies and lecture room practices in developing the context for studying. It explores how secondary faculties in 3 very assorted schooling structures paintings to advance the aptitudes and attitudes conducive to lifelong studying in stipulations of complexity, uncertainty and a number of switch. by means of drawing upon a wealthy data-set together with questionnaires, person and staff interviews and lecture room statement, the booklet supplies a voice to younger newbies within the 3 nations. via exact case experiences and quotations it examines their matters with education, with academics, with motivation and success and explores the very diverse social contexts which impact their engagement with studying. This ebook could be a necessary source for researchers, practitioners, scholars and policy-makers and all these dedicated to realizing the connection among tradition and studying and to enhancing secondary schooling.

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It is underpinned by an integrative notion of citizenship and nationality and based on rationalist traditions of knowledge which must promote national values and social solidarity. The French Revolution created the fundamental doctrine of free, secular education for all, but it took the successive laws of Guizot (1835), Falloux (1850) and Duruy (1863) to implement the Revolution’s aims. However, primary education was somewhat neglected and only became part of the system with the introduction of the Jules Ferry laws of 1881–83, when free primary education became compulsory for all children aged between 6 and 12 years.

Regionalization has involved both devolution and déconcentration, which has delegated powers to regional tiers of central government by making use of locally placed civil servants who may be better informed of local conditions than centrally placed bureaucrats (Lauglo 1990). Denmark In Denmark, there remains a dual focus on the personal development of individuals, linked to the need for cooperation and collaboration: As far as compulsory education is concerned, the general objective is to give the individual pupil the opportunity to develop as many of his/her talents as possible .

It is important to ask, however, how far such processes are now being influenced by increasing European integration, the internationalization of adolescent peer culture, and the effects of globalization (Eide 1992; Masini 1994). Thus, in this book, we explore whether there are trends towards greater cultural homogeneity in the light of increasingly convergent economic and social structures. Are students’ experiences of schooling becoming more similar? Are their efforts to construct their identity as learners and as adolescents pursuing increasingly similar trajectories?

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