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Decentralizációs intézkedésekkel korrigált francia oktatásirányítási rendszer
The French System of Governing Education Amended via Decentralisation Measures

Author(s): Iván Bajomi
Subject(s): Education, Governance, History of Education, State/Government and Education
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: 1st Napoleon; decentralisation; local governments; regulation of curricula; participation in decision-making;

Summary/Abstract: The paper here shows that although the French education system has mainly been governed in a centralized way since the era of the 1st Napoleon, as a result of decentralization measures from recent decades a number of actors – mostly local governments obliged to finance school infrastructures – have had opportunities to influence education “supply”. The centralized nature of government is somewhat attenuated by the existence of consultative bodies at school, shire or country level, but when serious restrictions occur, protests and different forms of demonstration seem to be effective ways to protect the interests of people affected by such education-related decisions. In the second part of the paper the author gives a picture of the regulating of curricula; for although in recent times several attempts have been made to develop curricula so that it can be applied in schools in a transparent way – making possible the involving of different interests – such changes have often taken place in such a way that the birth of applied documentation and curricula change has come without any public involvement.

  • Issue Year: 22/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 60-72
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Hungarian