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The School of the Future: An Intellectual Movement in Hungary

Author(s): Tamás Kozma
Subject(s): Education, Vocational Education, History of Education, State/Government and Education, Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Hungarian education; history of education; policy analysis; educational values;

Summary/Abstract: Although the Kadar regime still used official statistics to boast about the economy and society, the regime started to decline at the turn of 1970s/1980s. The ‘School of the Future’ movement that started in the mid-70s served partly as a sign of the vitality of the regime, and partly as a facade of the decline. Two actors took the leading roles in the movement: the National Planning Office and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The article points out that there was also a third party, which has been almost forgotten: educational researchers under the umbrella of the Academy. The latter tried to combine two standpoints: that of the Planning Office (more efficient vocational training) with that of the Academy (a more academically based curriculum for schools). Though the researchers did not succeed in combining the opposite approaches, their efforts to create a compromise between more effective vocational training and more successful general training is still an unsolved question today, and offers many lessons.

  • Issue Year: 25/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 558-574
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Hungarian