1st Edition

The Unification of German Education

ISBN 9781138544949
Published November 28, 2019 by Routledge
388 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1995. This study of the integration of East and West German education following the collapse of the German Democratic Republic in 1989 focuses on policy formation and implementation during this period of great social and political turbulence. It is the result of a research project undertaken shortly after the unification. The authors lived in East Germany for a full year, looking carefully at individual schools, vocational training centers, teacher colleges, and universities.

The book considers questions of how education policy is successfully formulated, conditions in which that policy is implemented and the consequences of the implemented educational reform. The first chapters present the context and history of German education and the later chapters discuss the unification and the formation of the new school laws and the successes and failures. The authors' research shows that even before the unification East Germans had already opted for a system consistent with West German education law. However, the West Germans disregarded these changes and imposed their own version of reform on East Germany. The German situation at this time is of great interest to all educators, particularly students of educational policy making, as well as researchers in political science, economics, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Preface Part 1: The Context 1. Education and Social Change in Germany 2. The Politics of Division and Unification 3. Education in the Federal Republic of Germany 4. Education in the German Democratic Republic 5. Teachers and Teaching in the Two Germanys Part 2: The Collapse and Its Aftermath 6. The Crisis and Collapse of East Germany and Its Schools 7. Creativity in East German Schooling Part 3: The Unification of the Two Germanys 8. Toward a West German Education Model 9. School Laws in the New States of Germany  10. Transformed Education in the New States Part 4: Some Special Cases 11. Gender Issues Related to Work and Education 12. Family Education 13. Free-Time and Education 14. Education, Extremism, and the Foreigner Part 5: Beyond the New States of Germany 15. A United Germany Faces the Future in a United Europe. The School Law of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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