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The Exit from G8 Upper Secondary School Reform in Germany - a Multiple Case Study

Schreiner, Erik (2019) The Exit from G8 Upper Secondary School Reform in Germany - a Multiple Case Study.

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Abstract:The introduction of the G8 upper secondary school reform in former western Germany between 2001 and 2007 shortened the high school duration from nine to eight years. As the reform policy has been discontinued in many of the western federal states in the past decade, this thesis investigates the factors that explain the G8 discontinuation in certain federal states by means of a multiple case study. While most research has addressed the issue from a pedagogical perspective, little research has been done on G8 from a governance or policy analysis perspective, particularly in terms of policy termination. Thus, the thesis derives explanations for the extent of changing ideological positions and perceived policy failure to have triggered a decision towards varying outcomes of G8 discontinuation in the selected cases by analysing qualitative data. Whereas perceptions of lacking maturity of Abitur graduates in Lower Saxony and a loss in quality of the school-leaving qualification in Hesse had been predominant and where a decision has been made towards G8 discontinuation, the results suggest that the absence or weaker presence of these factors in Hamburg explain why the G8 reform has not been discontinued here.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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