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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2002): Education - Overseas

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON LIFELONG LEARNING: FROM RECURRENT EDUCATION TO THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY

D. Istance, H G Schuetze and T. Schuller (eds.)

Buckingham: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press, 2002.

This book addresses international policy research in the field of lifelong learning. It provides a broad overview of the field. it covers globalization, social capital, organizational learning, adult literacy and educational policy-making over the last three decades.

LAND OF EXPENSE

J. Budd

Guardian Education, September 24th 2002, p. 15

US college fees are already huge, but as more students scratch and scrape to pay for their BA, the gulf expands between 'good' degrees and the rest.

LOCAL STATES OF EMERGENCY: THE CONTRADICTIONS OF NEO-LIBERAL GOVERNANCE IN EDUCATION IN NEW ZEALAND

S. Robertson and R. Dale

British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 23, 2002, p. 463-482

Argues that decentralisation and marketisation of education in New Zealand have led to the emergence of sink schools in deprived communities. Article goes on to discuss the various forms of remedial action the central government has taken to contain these local difficulties.

MOUNTAIN HIGH

C. Bindy

Guardian Education, October 1st 2002, p. 12

Article looks at the higher education system in South Africa and the challenges it faces to reflect the shift in the country's political landscape.

NEED OF ABSENCE

L. McGregor

Guardian Education, October 1st 2002, p. 7

World Teachers', Day shifts the spotlight onto the appalling state of education in developing countries.

PARTICIPATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION: THE ROLE OF COST AND RETURN EXPECTATIONS

C. Lauer

International Journal of Manpower, vol. 23, 2002, p. 443-457

An analysis of West German data suggests that decisions to participate in higher education are influenced by anticipated costs and expected returns in the form of improved career prospects. Probability of enrolment is also strongly influenced by social origin and incentives such as public financial support for students.

RELIGION AND THE STATE: THE ROLE OF FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS

H. Judge

Political Quarterly, vol. 73, 2002, p. 422-430

Discusses the role of faith-based schools in the education systems of the USA, France and Britain. Argues against the expansion of state funding of faith-based schools in the UK.

SCHOOL-TO-WORK TRANSITION: APPRENTICESHIP VERSUS VOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN FRANCE

L. Bonnal, S Mendes and C. Sofer

International Journal of Manpower, vol. 23, 2002, p. 426-442

There has recently been a drive to develop apprenticeship in France as a means of reducing youth unemployment. Paper compares the transition from school to work of apprentices with that of youths who have followed traditional vocational schooling programmes. Finds that apprentices have a distinct advantage over vocational school leavers in finding their first job.

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