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Education systems of Central and Eastern European countries

Kogan Irena

in Europe enlarged

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420640
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420640.003.0002
Education systems of Central and Eastern European countries

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This chapter discusses the vertical dimension of the education system, the different levels of education attainment distinguished within the education system, as well as the central dimensions of differentiation within levels, drawing on a set of theoretically derived, comparable indicators. It describes the stratification of the education system at the secondary level in terms of the extent to which the school population is sorted early in the school career into tracks of different curricula and different scholastic demands with different opportunities and barriers for progression up the education ladder. It also discusses the differentiation between general and vocational tracks, the organisation of vocational training as well as the degree of standardisation and quality differentiation at the secondary level. At the tertiary level, the focus is on the field-of-study differentiation, institutional segmentation, standardisation and quality differentiation of university education, as well as its openness for various strata of a country's population.

Keywords: education system stratification; tertiary education; CEE countries; vocational training; institutional segmentation

Chapter.  9040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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