Understanding Europe’s Role in the Post-1989 Romanian School
By means of a threefold argumentative structure, Szakács summarises the results of her study on the role of Europe in post-socialist educational change in Romania. She argues that Romanian education since 1989 is increasingly well positioned within world culture as it both expresses and engages in the diffusion of educational scripts, most notably in the context of EU accession reforms. The particularity of this process in the Romanian setting is that it occurs through the mediation of Europe. Europe thus acts not as a top-down cause of these changes but as a symbolic resource for national legitimisation and as a facilitator for a wider process that aligns the Romanian education system with world-authorised discursive patterns.
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