Issue 1/2006, 12. Volume
Europas Bildungsgeschichte. Ursachen des Gemeinsamen und des Unterschiedlichen?
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What we regard as common interests or differences in European education depends quite strongly on our conception of ‘Europe’ and our ideas of ‘educational history’. On the one hand the culture of Europe was and is perceived from quite different national or professional perspectives. On the other hand educational history includes different periods and content areas if one looks either at formal or at informal education. Here some informal and formal learning effects on European attitudes are consid-ered. How their importance and overlapping changed at different times as well as in different sectors and areas will be exemplified. Probably informal learning is much more influential than formal educa-tion to common interests and differences in Europe although it gains much less political, educational and public attention. These dichotomies are discussed with reference to long-term developments and short-term politics in Europe.