ERIC Number: EJ871866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
The French Curricular Exception and the Troubles of Education and Internationalisation: Will It Be Enough to "Rearrange the Deckchairs"?
Gauthier, Roger-Francois; Le Gouvello, Margaux
European Journal of Education, v45 n1 p74-88 Mar 2010
The history of education in France, with its inherited link between the Republic and the religion of knowledge, produces a specific form of educational functioning, consubstantial to a tradition of selection and a symptomatic lack of what elsewhere is called a curriculum. While the recent introduction of the "common grounding of knowledge and skills for the end of Compulsory Education" ("socle commun") in the French Law of 2006 eventually opened the door both to the teaching of "skills" and to the idea of a curriculum, and potentially created a revolution in powers and knowledge, one can wonder to what extent it was not a drop on a waterproof system. The question is also to see what was the impact of international influences in these developments. In this article, we analyse the reality and the ambiguities over the opening up of French educational policy towards international concerns, both in relation to the reception of PISA in France and to the decisions which led to the common grounding. This analysis allows us to raise key questions about what could be the potential consequences of a possible change of curricular policy.
Descriptors: Educational History, Compulsory Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Change, International Education, Policy Analysis, Government Role, Educational Principles, Educational Philosophy, Core Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Laws, Educational Legislation, Religious Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment