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Disparate Ladders: Why School and University Policies Differ in Germany, Japan, and Switzerland


reviewed by Max A. Eckstein 1998

coverTitle: Disparate Ladders: Why School and University Policies Differ in Germany, Japan, and Switzerland
Author(s): Arnold Heidenheimer
Publisher: Transaction Publishing, Piscataway
ISBN: 1560002778, Pages: , Year: 1997
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As his subtitle indicates, Heidenheimer has set himself a most intriguing and ambitious task. Moreover, he has gone a long way toward meeting his own challenging goal. Travelers have always told tales of the strange and different worlds they visited, of people in foreign lands, and the gods they worship. Nowadays, it seems, those gods grow more alike around the world: consumer goods, improved standards of living, higher economic output, greater participation and competitiveness in world markets. Educational policy consequently turns from its prime concerns with national loyalty, moral values, sustaining the social structure, and maintaining and supplementing the body of traditional knowledge to seek ways of producing an efficient work force, capable of improving the national position in the world economy. Disparate Ladders analyzes ways in which countries seek to achieve their goals through educational policies and structures, and how these have been shaped. The writer concedes that his choice... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 4, 1998, p. 780-783
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10289, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:34:55 AM

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