European models of compulsory Secondary Education

Francesc Pedró


Although there is a broad diversity in European secondary education, it seems to be that a common trend is clear, namely that of comprehensivity at the lower level and diversification at the upper level. This trend raises the issue of the nature of the debates implied: are they strictly pedagogical or political? Be that as it may, the article focuses on the exemplification of this common trend throughout different European systems and shows a number of reasons which support its widespread acceptance. At the same time, it also discusses some cases where the comprehensive principle seems to have been rejected. Francesc Pedró

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