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Futures of Education

Essays from an Interdisciplinary Symposium

Jürgen Oelkers

Public education has received increasing criticism since the beginning of the nineties. Four major areas of concern can be discerned: the technical backwardness of the schools, the disappearance of political legitimization, financial limitations and the conservative school development. Worldwide, educational systems are being reorganized and developed beyond the traditional forms. These efforts are accompanied by increasingly complicated and complex research which assumes an international form. The international symposium Futures of Education, which took place in Zurich from 28 th to 30 th March 2000, was dedicated to these questions. The lectures held at the symposium were concerned with the relationship between research and development and above all, encouraged discussion and brought new ideas into play.
Contents: Jürgen Oelkers: Foreword – Ernst Buschor: Evaluation as Part of Zurich’s Education Policy. Opening Speech – Jürgen Baumert: Comparative Performance Measurement in the Education Sector – Helmut Fend: Education Policy Options for the Future of Educational Systems. Experiences in the Field of Quality Research – Bernd Weidenmann: Changes in Learning through New Media – Renate Schulz-Zander: Using New Media for Learning in Schools – Michael Hannafin: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology in Schools: Questions, Answers and Issues – Eamonn Callan: Between Hope and Fear: The Future of Democratic Education – Dietrich Benner: Education and Democracy – Geoff Whitty/Sally Power: Devolution and Choice in Education: The Research Evidence to Date – Henry M. Levin: A Comprehensive Framework for Evaluating Educational Vouchers – François Grin: On Effectiveness and Efficiency in Education: Operationalizing the Concepts – Manfred Weiss: Quasi-Markets in Education: An Economic Analysis – Ann Lieberman/Diane Wood: From Network Learning to Classroom Teaching – Andy Hargreaves: The Three Dimensions of Educational Reform – Judith Warren Little: Teachers’ Work at the Turn of the Century.