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ERIC Number: ED439987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 126
Abstractor: N/A
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Independent Education in Western Europe, Second Edition. ISIS Document No. 34.
Mason, Peter
In 1992, a study described the legal status, aims, organization, resources, role, and future prospects of the independent educational sector of the 17 countries of Western Europe and the context in which that sector operated. In the six years since the compilation, the European Economic Community has become the European Union. It has increased its membership by the admission of three countries, Austria, Sweden, and Finland; has been besieged by candidates from Eastern Europe; and has been debating the possibility of a common currency and some degree of federation that would further reduce the national identity and autonomy of its member states in favor of a common European citizenship. Under present legislation, the role of the European Commission in relation to education is the promotion of the European Dimension and of cooperation among members toward common goals, leaving the organization and administration of national systems of education to the member governments concerned. At national level, devolution of central control over educational systems and their curricula to regions and school governors has gained momentum unevenly and is evident in the Scandinavian countries and the United Kingdom. To attempt a parallel account of the growth of independent education in Eastern Europe would be premature, despite some real progress gained at great personal sacrifice to those concerned, most notably in Poland. The study does individual reports on the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland (Eire), Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway, and Switzerland. Appendixes contain a list of independent school associations and exchange rates in March 1997. (BT)
National Independent Schools Information Service, 56 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AG England. Tel: 0171-630-8793/4; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Independent Schools Information Service, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: Europe