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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2003): Education - Overseas

DEMOCRATIC REFORM AND THE EMERGENCE OF SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION IN LITHUANIA

J. W. Kugelmass and A. Galkiene

European Journal of Special Needs Education, vol. 18, 2003, p. 53-70

Traces the history of the education of children with special educational needs in Lithuania. Examines the current system and identifies a movement towards the creation of an inclusive school system and the obstacles it faces.

EDUCATION IN THE CONTEXT OF CONFLICT AND INSTABILITY: THE PALESTINIAN CASE

S. Alzaroo and G. L. Hunt

Social Policy and Administration, vol. 37, 2003, p.165-180

Draws on study of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank during 1999-2001. Describes the education system. Presents their views on the value of education and how it is used as a way of coping with life as a refugee. Finds education is valued greatly. Argues that Palestinian refugees use education as a way of nation building. It gives prestige and status, compensating for the loss of possessions. It gives a way of obtaining economic success, social integration and political liberation and builds identity.

FROM INTEGRATION TO INCLUSION: FOCUSING GLOBAL TRENDS AND CHANGES IN THE WESTERN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES

L. Vislie

European Journal of Special Needs Education, vol. 18, 2003, p. 17-35

Examines the differences between integrated and inclusive education. Traces the swing from integration in the 1980s towards inclusion in the 1990s. Investigates whether inclusion has made much headway in the school systems of 14 European countries in the 1990s. Finds inclusive education has gained little ground.

INCLUSION AND MAINSTREAM EDUCATION: AN EQUAL COOPERATION SYSTEM

S. Ebersold

European Journal of Special Needs Education, vol. 18, 2003, p. 89-107

Inclusive education requires coherent functioning of those supporting children with special educational needs. Analyses the preparatory work involved in introducing integration assistants in classrooms to support children in mainstream schools. This study carried out in Alsace, France enables the author to identify some elements that help to build coherence and help to create an equal cooperation system.

THE MISEDUCATION OF WOMEN

J. Tooley

London: Continuum, 2003

This book asks if girls and boys are different, why does schooling insist on treating them as identical. The author asks if this misguided equality could have anything to do with increasing dissatisfaction amongst women, as revealed by survey after survey, and demands a radical rethinking of sexual politics and a fairer way forward for women.

PATHWAYS LINKING EDUCATION AND WORK: A REVIEW OF CONCEPTS, RESEARCH AND POLICY DEBATES

D. Raffe

Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 6, 2003, p. 3-19

Paper reviews cross-national research on pathways between education and work. Identifies three main uses of the pathways metaphor:

  • to analyse the role of general education, school-based vocational education and apprenticeship in an effective transition system;
  • to examine the relationships and interconnections between pathways;
  • to explore young people's active use of the structured opportunities open to them.

QUOTA, UN-QUOTA

J. Budd

Guardian Education, April 9th 2003, p.10

As the government here wrestles with the issue of positive discrimination in university admissions, article reports how a court case that could have drastic consequences is dividing America.

SETTING FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

C. Goldenberg

International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, vol, 50, 2003, p.7-16

A key element for successful school reform is the creation of "settings" for school improvement. These are places such as meetings, workgroups, and parent-teacher conferences where people can come together over a period of time to achieve specific goals. They act as levers and spurs for change.

NB: US focus

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT IN SPAIN: THE POLITICS OF MODERNISATION

M. M. Lucio and M. Stuart

International Journal of Training and Development, vol.7, 2003, p. 67-77

Reviews training and development in Spain. Gives background on the economy and labour market, public policy and regulatory institutions. Examines the state's and social actors' responses to challenges, with particular reference to the development of lifelong learning and corporate strategy and practice. Looks at institutions, networks and sources of information involved in training and development and how they have emerged and link together.

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