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By Marilyn Osborn, Patricia Broadfoot, Elizabeth McNess, Birte Ravn, Claire Planel, Pat Triggs

This interesting quantity compares the event of younger novices in England, France and Denmark with the intention to study the connection among nationwide academic cultures, person biographies and lecture room practices in growing the context for studying. It explores how secondary faculties in 3 very diversified schooling platforms paintings to boost the aptitudes and attitudes conducive to lifelong studying in stipulations of complexity, uncertainty and a number of swap. via drawing upon a wealthy data-set together with questionnaires, person and workforce interviews and lecture room statement, the e-book provides a voice to younger newcomers within the 3 nations. via distinct case experiences and quotations it examines their issues with education, with lecturers, with motivation and success and explores the very various social contexts which impression their engagement with studying. This publication should be a vital source for researchers, practitioners, scholars and policy-makers and all these devoted to figuring out the connection among tradition and studying and to bettering secondary schooling.

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This is less true of the approaches used to support both social cohesion and individual personal development which are more varied and less easily operationalized. Within the three countries studied the different national approaches to these three elements of education and schooling have helped to define some of the differences which were uncovered. All developed economies are currently struggling with common structural problems which include, changes in work patterns due to the emergence of new technologies; the effects of the liberalization of markets for goods, capital and services; the assimilation of economic migrants, widespread youth unemployment; ageing populations and shifts in social attitudes, particularly with regard to aspirations concerning educational attainment and qualifications (Green et al.

In England three comprehensives, one in an area of relatively high socio-economic status in the Midlands, one in a ‘mixed’ area in the southwest and one in a highly disadvantaged area in London were selected. These were matched as far as possible with schools in Denmark, two of which were in Copenhagen and one in the west of Denmark, and with three schools in France, one in an area of relatively high socio-economic status in the southwest, one in a ‘mixed’ suburb of Paris and a third in a highly disadvantaged suburb of Paris.

They highlight the significance of cultural context in shaping teacher strategies and pupil responses to teaching, learning and schooling at both primary and secondary level. The methods adopted by the ENCOMPASS research are described in the remaining sections of this chapter after a short discussion of the issues involved in working collaboratively in a cross-national team. Building a cross-national research team Most researchers who are involved in comparative work would agree that such cross-national collaborative research, by its very nature, can involve more compromises in methods than a single study approach.

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