Internationalisation in Secondary Education in Europe

A European and International Orientation in Schools Policies, Theories and Research

Henk Oonk, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Ralf Maslowski, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Greetje van der Werf, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Published 2011

The scope of the book is an integrated discussion of several aspects of the internationalisation process in secondary education in Europe. The European and International Orientation (EIO) in education is dealt with from different national angles and theoretical visions, supported by recently conducted empirical studies in several countries. The book describes national policies concerning EIO, the way in which schools implement these policies and the success and difficulties of the activities that they undertake. A connection is made with ideas of citizenship in a European perspective and the question comes up for discussion if there can be spoken of common European values. Important issues are explored like the tension between national identity and European communality as well as the risk of EIO in increasing the gap between lower and higher educated students.

The mission of the book is provide not only background information to all who are interested in or involved in internationalisation of education, social integration and European citizenship, but to provide recommendations for future practice as well. A central focus in these recommendations is the ‘Common Framework for Europe Competence’ (CFEC), the first model that offers the possibility to structurally shape the knowledge and skills concerning the European and international developments in the school. Directions for future elaboration of this framework and its implementation in the teaching and learning process in schools are discussed.

Acknowledgments. Preface. Internationalization in Secondary Education: An Introduction, Henk Oonk and Ralf Maslowski. PART A: INTERNATIONALIZATION POLICY. European Union Policy, Henk Oonk. The Case of England: Internationalization Policy in England (with Additional Notes for Wales and Scotland), Ray Kirtley. The Case of France, Yves Olivier. The Case of Germany: Internationalization and Foreign Language Teaching in North Rhine-Westphalia, Michael Rogge. The Case of Lithuania, Brigita Janiunaite. The Case of the Netherlands, Henk Oonk. The Case of Poland: Policies of Internationalization in Polish Education at the Turn of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Grażyna Czetwertyńska. Internationalization Policies in Some Other Countries, Kirsten Stamm. Internationalization Policies in Europe: An Analysis, Henk Oonk, Ralf Maslowski and Greetje van der Werf. PART B: THEORETICAL ASPECTS. Common European Values, Jacek Hołówka. Theoretical Aspects of European and International Orientation, Henk Oonk. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the Common Framework for Europe Competence, Frank Heyworth. Teaching and Learning in Schools in Europe, Greetje van der Werf. Assessment of EIO, Grażyna Czetwertyńska. The Theoretical Basis of a European and International Orientation in Education: Conclusions and Recommendations, Greetje van der Werf and Henk Oonk. PART C: RESULTS OF RESEARCH. Implementation and Effects of European and International Orientation at secondary schools in The Netherlands, Ralf Maslowski, Harm Naayer, Henk Oonk, and Greetje van der Werf. Elos Development and Integration in a Network of United Kingdom (UK) Schools, Mary Rose. European Political Consciousness in German Schools: A Framework for Qualitative Research, Markus W. Behne and Dirk Lange. Implementation of the European Dimension in Education in Lithuanian Schools, Brigita Janiunaite. European and International Education in Polish Schools: Examples from the Research on the Social Campaign “School with Class”, Grażyna Czetwertyńska. Opportunities for Successful Educational Policy, Jaap Dronkers. Implementation and Effects of EIO Across Countries: Current Knowledge Base and Directions for Future Research, Ralf Maslowski, Greetje van der Werf, and Henk Oonk. Concluding Observations, Henk Oonk, Ralf Maslowski, and Greetje van der Werf. About the Contributors.