The European Educational Model and its Paradoxical Impact at the National Level

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The Bologna and Copenhagen processes promote standards for the categorization of educational programs and qualifications throughout Europe - with the goal to create greater transparency and permeability in European skill formation. However, key tools of Europeanization, like the Bachelor and Master degree cycles and the European Qualification Framework, fail to acknowledge important cultural, normative, and regulative idiosyncrasies of the educational systems in Austria and Germany. In both countries the sectors of vocational training and academic education represent distinct organizational fields divided by an "educational schism". The tensions and contradictions that accompany this traditional institutional divide have in many cases been masked by patterns of loose coupling. However, the current Europeanization processes tend to unsettle these patterns, which unleashes conflicts between the actors of the respective organizational fields, for example, with regard to the placement of the different certificates in the common qualification framework. The outcome of these struggles often is that the institutional divide between vocational training and academic education is widening rather than narrowing. The chapter shows how the Austrian and German institutional heritage has diverted the European educational model's initial goal to foster permeability and, with that, illustrates this model's paradoxical impact at the national level.

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Authors Graf, Lukas
Editors Tröhler, Daniel & Lenz, Thomas
Projects Emmenegger, Patrick; Bonoli, Giuliano; Trampusch, Christine; Baumeler, Carmen; Graf, Lukas; Di Maio, Gina; Pisoni, Delia; Schraff, Dominik; Seitzl, Lina; Strebel, Alexandra; Wilson, Anna & Unterweger, Daniel Franz (2015) GOVPET: Governance in Vocational and Professional Education and Training [fundamental research project] Official URL
Language English
Keywords Europeanization, Bologna process, European Qualification Framework, education, skill formation, permeability, path dependence, institutional change, Austria, Germany, vocational training, higher education
Subjects political science
Institute/School SEPS - School of Economics and Political Science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 2015
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication New York
Series Name Studies in curriculum theory
Page Range 227-240
Number of Pages 14
Title of Book Trajectories in the Development of Modern School Systems : Between the National and the Global
ISBN 978-1-138-90348-7
Depositing User Dr. Lukas Graf
Date Deposited 19 Aug 2015 18:24
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:22


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Graf, Lukas: The European Educational Model and its Paradoxical Impact at the National Level. In: Studies in curriculum theory. New York : Routledge, 2015, S. 227-240.

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