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Shifting Tensions between Vocational and General Education: France and Germany Compared (VOCGENE)

Staff
Dr. Laurence Coutrot (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, CNRS, Paris)
Dr. Annick Kieffer (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, CNRS, Paris)
Duration
2008 - 2010
Funding
Funded by European EqualSoc Network on Economic Change, Quality of Life & Social Cohesion

European declarations aim to establish an enhanced European skill formation area that will strengthen the EU’s global competitiveness. Yet the efforts of decisionmakers to achieve the diverse goals codified in the Bologna (higher education) and Copenhagen (vocational training) declarations imply the reform or even restructuring of national educational systems, which resist transformative change. Focusing on shifting tensions between general and vocational skill formation systems in France and Germany, this project charts changes in the competition between the differentially institutionalized organizational fields of general and vocational education.


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