Reconstructing Education: East German Schools and Universities after Unification

Rosalind Pritchard

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    The book begins with an examination of West Germany's educational system and an analysis of the processes of German unification; it argues that change needed to be introduced quickly and that the East Germans were dissatisfied with this own system. Yet the circumstances in which the reforms were implemented were inclement in the East due to widespread economic collapse and mass unemployment . The New Bundeslaender accepted variants of the content and structure of education in the Old Bundeslaender, and a critique of the former is therefore simultaneously a critique of the latter. In certain respects, the West found that its own ways of doing things were not adequate and that it had something to learn from the East. The book deals with school structures, curriculum, religious education, the vocational sector, teacher training and higher education. It includes numerous case studies and substantial interview material.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNew York and Oxford
    PublisherBerghahn Books
    Number of pages249
    ISBN (Print)1-57181-954-1
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1999


    • German unification
    • East German education
    • Dual System
    • Cleansing of East German universities
    • religious education in East Germany


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