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Education in Europe: Policies and Politics

  • José Antonio Ibáñez-Martín
  • Gonzalo Jover

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Evolution and Normative Framework of the European Union Educational Policy

  3. Education for European Citizenship and Pluralism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Katarzyna Lewicka-Grisdale, Terence H. McLaughlin
      Pages 53-81
  4. New Trends and Challenges for European Education Systems and Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Charles L. Glenn
      Pages 125-140
    3. José Luis García Garrido
      Pages 141-165
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 167-168

About this book


While analysing what it means to be European, Ortega y Gasset pointed out that European culture is defined by human's desire to find the most perfect way of being, a way that must be both firmly founded in history and clearly projected into the future. Ortega's idea had perhaps less currency when what European unity meant still boiled down to an economic community. Today, however, things have changed, and after a long, complex process, we now face a new scenario ambitiously named European Union, one whose foundations, competencies, and aims are no longer simply economic, but seek to foster a life in common without losing respect for the national identities of the member States. The legend -in fact, Jack Lang confessed that this statement was invented by him, and perhaps is true- says that near the end of his life, Jean Monnet once answered a journalist's question affirming that, if he had to do it all over again, he would start with culture rather than with the economy.


European Union (EU) education educational research politics university

Editors and affiliations

  • José Antonio Ibáñez-Martín
    • 1
  • Gonzalo Jover
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Complutense de MadridSpain

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