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Publications archive: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011


Here you can consult thematic reports, comparative studies and Facts and Figures in 2011. Please refer to the EU Bookshop to source reports before this date.

You can also find a series of Focus on articles, which explore themes of recent publications.

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The Structure of the European Education Systems 2011/12. Schematic Diagrams

Date of publication: 12 December 2011

These diagrams give an overview of the educational structure for mainstream schooling in each country from pre-primary level up to tertiary education.

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Science Education in Europe: National Policies, Practices and Research

Date of publication: 16 November 2011

The study examines the organisation of science teaching in Europe and provides an overview of existing policies and strategies that aim at improving and fostering science teaching and learning today. It looks at support measures available to teachers and schools forosting students' motivation and interest in science. The study also contains a literature review on science education, main findings from the international surveys PISA and TIMSS as well as results from a Eurydice pilot survey (SITEP) on the content of initial teacher education programmes. It covers 31 countries (all EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey) and takes the reference year 2010/11.

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Mathematics Education in Europe: Common Challenges and National Policies

Date of publication: 16 November 2011

Competence in mathematics is integral to a wide range of disciplines, professions and areas of life. This Eurydice report reveals crucial elements of the policies and practices that shape mathematics instruction in European education systems, focusing on reforms of mathematics curricula, teaching and assessment methods, as well as teacher education. The report also explores how countries tackle low achievement and increase students’ motivation to learn mathematics. It is based on an extensive literature review on mathematics education, main findings from the international surveys PISA and TIMSS and includes the results of a Eurydice pilot survey (SITEP) on the content of initial teacher education programmes. It covers 31 countries (all EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey) and takes the reference year 2010/11.

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Date of publication: 16 September 2011

There is an urgent need to address the social dimension of higher education more forcefully and coherently, particularly in view of the economic downturn across Europe. This is the conclusion of the new Eurydice report, which looks at national policies on access to higher education, funding and student support.

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Teaching Reading in Europe: Contexts, Policies and Practices

Date of publication: 11 July 2011

For the first time, a pan-European study offers a comprehensive picture of reading literacy and identifies some of the key factors impacting on the acquisition of reading skills for 3-15 year olds. It addresses four key topics: teaching approaches, tackling reading difficulties, teacher education and the promotion of reading outside school. It investigates each key topic in the light of the results of academic research, the latest results of international surveys and an in-depth review of national policies, programmes and best practices.

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Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at school in Europe

Date of publication: 23 June 2011

Building on the previous Eurydice publications on information and communication technologies in schools in Europe, this report focuses on the evolution of ICT use in education and the changes it has brought about in national policies and practices concerning teaching methods, contents and evaluation processes. It examines the EU key competences as well as the promotion of transversal skills and the role of ICT in this process. It also sheds light on the strategies used in countries to train and support teachers in the use of ICT.

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The Organisation of the Academic Year in Europe, 2011/12

Date of publication: 17 June 2011

This annually updated publication shows how the academic year is structured (beginning of the year, term times, holidays and examination periods) for each country in the Network. Where times may vary depending on types of (university or non-university) study programme, this is also indicated.

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Organisation of School Time in Europe. Primary and general secondary Education – 2011/12 school year

Date of publication: 14 June 2011

This publication indicates the dates at which the school year begins and the occurrence of holidays holidays for each country of the Network. Regional variations are also indicated where applicable.

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Compulsory education in Europe, 2011/12

Date of publication: 14 June 2011

A table representing the duration of compulsory education (full-time and part-time) in Europe.

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Date of publication: 7 March 2011

Drafted in the context of the European Commission's Action Plan on Adult Learning (2007-2010), this Eurydice report looks at education and training opportunities for under-qualified adults and also covers policies and measures for enhancing the participation of adults in higher education.

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Grade Retention during Compulsory Education in Europe: Regulations and Statistics

Date of publication: 7 February 2011

The study compares how grade retention making pupils repeat a school year - is applied in schools across Europe and produces an inventory of the legislations and practices in place. It shows that those practices vary greatly between countries: whether a child has to repeat a year at school depends more on the educational culture concerned and teacher appraisal than on the child's performance. It was produced for the Commission by the Eurydice network and covers 31 countries (all EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey).

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