ERIC Number: ED188951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Innovations in Switzerland: Traits and Trends. Experiments and Innovations in Education, No. 33.
Blanc, Emile; Egger, Eugene
Educational innovation in Switzerland is discussed according to complexity and flexibility of educational policy, the amount and nature of innovations, and the place of Swiss educational innovations in international education. Areas in which innovations have occurred include school organization, course content, and teaching objectives and methods. Specifically, innovations encompass reorganization of the final years of compulsory education, experiments in early instruction of the second national language, modernization of mathematics instruction, reorganization of diploma level schools, and new federal laws improving vocational training. Conclusions about the impact of educational innovations are that: (1) despite the complexity of educational policy in Switzerland, the cantons welcome innovations in most fields; (2) because of the federal nature and pluralism in Switzerland, educational innovation moves slowly; (3) the economic recession and population decline should not affect innovation; and (4) Swiss educational innovation owes much to international organizations. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Compulsory Education, Course Content, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, International Organizations, Mathematics Instruction, Postsecondary Education, School Organization, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).