This book presents a study of the development of educational systems, focusing on those of England, Denmark, France, and Russia. It provides a theoretical framework that accounts for the major characteristics of national education and the principal changes that such systems have undergone.
1. Thinking and Theorizing about Educational Systems Part I: The Development of State Educational Systems 2. Structure: Education as Private Enterprise 3. Interaction: Competition for Educational Control 4. Structural Elaboration: The Emergence of State Educational Systems Part II: Educational Systems in Action 5. Structure: State Systems and Educational Negotiations 6. Interaction: In the Centralized System 7. Interaction: In the Decentralized System 8. Structural Elaboration: Two Patterns of Educational Change