No. 83, april 2020
The 83rd issue of the Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres addresses an issue that concerns countries all around the world: “reforming education”. It continues the reflections begun at the international symposium on “the conditions for successful education reforms”, held at France Education International in June 2019, an event that brought together 60 speakers – researchers, policymakers and practitioners – from 30 countries.
For this issue, around twenty leading voices have been invited to contribute, including the current French Minister for Education and Youth, Jean-Michel Blanquer. They were asked not only to deliver their analysis of the current state of education around the world and the ways and means of improving it, but also to take the risk of talking about the future: how do these internationally respected experts envisage education in 2030 or 2040?
All the authors took up the offer, taking care to avail themselves of the necessary safeguards and intellectual precautions. The issue is structured into three main sections: preliminary questions; conditions for successful educational reforms; and the future of education. While the reflections sometimes diverge, what emerges from the different contributions is far from banal. It is clear that something new is under way or sometimes already in place, and not only in OECD countries.
A trend is emerging more or less around the world: we are observing the limits of top-down and bottom-up conceptions of reforms. The issue highlights a shared call for forms of intermediate horizontal governance, beyond ideological considerations, and an obvious fact: when it comes to reform, practitioners have a key role to play.
Is what is happening in schools also emerging in other sectors, such as health?
This exceptional issue, both in terms of its volume and the perspectives it brings together, is coordinated by Jean-Marie De Ketele of the Catholic University of Louvain.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the journal, and with the kind permission of Éditions Didier, the publisher of RIES, the issue will be available in full online on OpenEdition from 17 June.
ISBN : 978-2-85420-626-5
Price : 17 €