Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Michael Schmidt-Neke
    Pages 1-19
  3. Wendelin Sroka
    Pages 21-24
  4. Susanne Bandau, Davit Ganjalyan
    Pages 25-37
  5. Ferdinand Eder, Josef Thonhauser
    Pages 39-60
  6. Eric Lepisto
    Pages 61-76
  7. Stephan Malerius
    Pages 77-97
  8. Christiane Brusselmans-Dehairs
    Pages 99-116
  9. Katarina Batarilo-Henschen, Volker Lenhart
    Pages 117-139
  10. Peter Bachmaier
    Pages 141-154
  11. Marko Palekčić, Igor Radeka, Nenad Zekanović
    Pages 155-171
  12. Petros Pashiardis, Andreas Tsiakiros
    Pages 173-186
  13. Botho von Kopp
    Pages 187-206
  14. Palle Rasmussen, Tobias Werler
    Pages 207-226
  15. Viive-Riina Ruus, Priit Reiska
    Pages 227-250
  16. Wendelin Sroka
    Pages 251-253
  17. Matti Meri
    Pages 255-268
  18. Wolfgang Hörner, Guillaume Many
    Pages 269-292
  19. Natia Andguladze, Iva Mindadze
    Pages 293-304
  20. Hans Döbert
    Pages 305-333

About this book


This updated second edition presents an analytical description of the education systems of all European countries, following common guidelines. These conceptual guidelines consider various criteria concerning presumptions as to the quality of a good education system. One of the book central aims is to explore the paradoxical character of education, i.e. the relationship between universal values and the search for a national identity. The common structure of the different country analyses oriented by crucial problems of education worldwide guides to discover common patterns of European education compared to that of education systems outside Europe, making its reading relevant to educators around the world. The handbook provides many suggestions for further study.


European education comparative education education system elementary education systems higher education systems international education national systems pre-school education systems professional education systems school systems secondary education systems vocational education systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Hörner
    • 1
  • Hans Döbert
    • 2
  • Lutz R. Reuter
    • 3
  • Botho von Kopp
    • 4
  1. 1.University of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.University of ErfurtErfurtGermany
  3. 3.Helmut Schmidt UniversityHamburgGermany
  4. 4.German Institute for Pedagogical ResearchFrankfurt/MainGermany

About the editors

Hans Döbert

Professor, German Institute for International Pedagogical Research, Berlin and University of Erfurt

Research Profile:

Empirical and Comparative Educational Research; Education and Monitoring,; Research on Schools and Teachers


Botho von Kopp Ph.D.

Associated Researcher, German Institute for Pedagogical Research, Frankfurt/M.

Research Profile:

Comparative Education Research,  Education Policy and Governance Research, Education Stratification Research.



Wolfgang Hörner

Professor of Comparative Education, Universität Leipzig

Research Profile:

Methodology of Comparative Education; Analysis of Educational Systems; Education in Central and Eastern European Countries; School and Work


Lutz R. Reuter

Professor of Educational Policy Research, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

Visiting Professorships:

Northwestern University, Chicago, USA; University of Stellenbosch, RSA; University of Maputo, Mocambique; Technical University of Nanjing, China

Research Profile:

Education Systems and Comparative Education; Educational Governance and Law; Education Policy and Politics

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