Education in Germany: Tradition and Reform in Historical Context

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David Phillips
Psychology Press, 1995 - Education - 292 pages
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The German education and training system has been the subject of considerable attention from other nations, and has often been used as a model for other systems. As a federal republic, responsibility for educational matters is devolved to the state parliaments, giving the system a degree of autonomy which does not exist in countries with centralized education systems. In order to fully examine the reasons behind the traditional success of the German system, and the implications this has for the future, David Phillips brings together articles from some of the best known names in the field, including Mitter, Glowka, Hearnden, Führ, Robinson and Prais and Wagner. The book is organized into four parts. Part One examines the historical inheritance of the present education system; Part Two covers standards and assessment and Part Three discusses vocational education and training, an area of the German education system which has received much admiration. Finally, Part Four addresses questions about thefuture of the current education system in a unified Germany.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The forces of tradition
9
Two decades of nonreform in West German education 1967
15
Problems in German secondary education 1985
36
a basic question for German education
44
Lessons from Germany? The case of German secondary schools
60
basically healthy or rotten? 1993
80
some summary
95
Part in Vocational education and training
161
a heretical view 1987
171
West
205
some considerations
225
educational developments
243
On the education system of the five new Lander of
259
Index
284
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Assessment in German schools 1991
135

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When David Phillips strolls through airports, strangers stop him to discuss his work and ask for his autograph. He has been called the incarnation of the collective Canadian psyche, a genuine Canadian legend, and our unofficial weather guru, but prefers to think of himself as Canada_s weather ambassador. Phillips has been studying Canadian climates and promoting the importance of weather and climate in this country for thirty-eight years.

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