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E pluribus unum: one Swiss school system based on many cantonal school acts


Boser, Lukas; Hofmann, Michèle; Brühwiler, Ingrid (2019). E pluribus unum: one Swiss school system based on many cantonal school acts. In: Westberg, Johannes; Boser, Lukas; Brühwiler, Ingrid. School acts and the rise of mass schooling: education policy in the long nineteenth century. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 67-92.

Abstract

In this chapter, we raise the question of what makes the Swiss case worth presenting to an international audience. We argue that Switzerland is an interesting case because Swiss formal education lacks much of the structural systematization a system of mass schooling is expected to have. A close examination of the formal schooling in Switzerland reveals that every canton is given the autonomy to organize primary and most of secondary education. School structures and school legislation are mainly cantonal affairs, not guided by centralized agency or national body of law. However, given that similarities undoubtedly exist between those cantonal school systems, it is important to examine how those similarities came into being, as it is likely that the cantons are not as independent in their decision-making as it might appear at a first glance.

Abstract

In this chapter, we raise the question of what makes the Swiss case worth presenting to an international audience. We argue that Switzerland is an interesting case because Swiss formal education lacks much of the structural systematization a system of mass schooling is expected to have. A close examination of the formal schooling in Switzerland reveals that every canton is given the autonomy to organize primary and most of secondary education. School structures and school legislation are mainly cantonal affairs, not guided by centralized agency or national body of law. However, given that similarities undoubtedly exist between those cantonal school systems, it is important to examine how those similarities came into being, as it is likely that the cantons are not as independent in their decision-making as it might appear at a first glance.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:20 Jan 2020 10:49
Last Modified:20 Jan 2020 10:49
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-3-030-13569-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13570-6_4
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/5u2s2l/ebi01_prod011440335 (Library Catalogue)

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