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Tracing the Roots: The Origins and Evolution of European Union Education Policy

  • Sarah K. St. JohnEmail author
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Abstract

Although ideas for a European space for education were shunned during the early stages of European integration to concentrate on a predominantly economic mission, education maintained a presence during the integration process. However, its development into a European Union policy area has followed a long and circuitous path. The aim of this chapter is to trace the development of activities in the field of education within the narrative on European integration and to highlight key events in its evolution into a recognised field of European Union policy. The chapter seeks to provide an overview of formal activities constituting an education policy in order to contextualise the chapters to follow, which shed light on activities relating to education and training that emerged in other fields of policy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly

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