The Politics of Equality in Secondary Education Across Wealthy Postwar Democracies

Jane Gingrich*, Anja Giudici, Daniel John McArthur

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In the postwar period, the focus of governments in advanced democracies generally shifted from generalizing basic education to stang an increasing share of the population with more complex and specialized knowledge and skills through the expansion of secondary schooling. The demands of industrial development, heightened by the rise of the knowledge economy, meant policymakers across place and partisan divides have largely supported secondary expansion. However, despite these common trends lie ongoing dierences across place in terms of the logic of the massication of secondary education—its ideal degree of dierentiation among pupils and teachers, standardization of
teaching and pedagogical practices, and the structure of control. This chapter analyzes the patterns resulting from the policy choices of political parties and organized interests across advanced democracies in these three domains as well as the political determinants underlying these choices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Education and Globalization
EditorsPaola Mattei, Xavier Dumay, Eric Mangez, Jacqueline Behrend
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780197570715
ISBN (Print)9780197570685
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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