9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN10 Sociology of Education

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Educational Policies I Building I, 2E8

The Lisbon Agenda as the roadmap of the European education systems

In 2000 the European Council held in Lisbon set a new strategic objective for the European Union: ?It should become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion?. Within the overall strategy for the EU to achieve the stated goal, key importance is attributed to Education and Training Systems. Moreover, according to the EU, a fundamental transformation of education and training throughout Europe is necessary to face the current European socio-economic challenges. In this context, the Lisbon Agenda has set a political agenda in Education and Training that all the member states have committed to achieve in 2010. This agenda not only fixes the strategic objectives that should orient national educational priorities and policies, but it also sets a method to ensure the success of the stated goals: the Open Method of Coordination. The objective of the communication is twofold: on the one hand, it presents a theoretical analysis oriented to explore the changes generated by the Lisbon Agenda in the mandate, the capacity and the governance of the European education systems; on the other hand, it presents an empirical analysis oriented to analyse the performance of national systems with regard to the 5 benchmarks of the Education and Training 2010 Programme. The focus of the empirical analysis will be the Spanish and Catalan case, in comparison with other EU member states. This twofold analysis will allow us to present a critical statement of the Lisbon Agenda both in terms of its conception and implementation.