Governing without governing

The formation of a European educational space

Authored by: António Nóvoa

The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415486637
eBook ISBN: 9780203863701
Adobe ISBN: 9781135179717


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Europe must be seen as a problematic entity. The concepts of European construction or integration cannot be taken for granted. The same applies for the European educational space. No member state will abdicate its right to govern its education. The very notion of ‘Europeanization of education’ causes concern in most countries, raising fears of homogenization and of loss of national identity. But, at the same time, it is undeniable that the European Union is increasingly intervening in the educational field, leading to orientations and guidelines that tend to organize a European educational space and even to configure a European educational policy.

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