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Spanish educational legislation reforms during the current democratic period: A critical perspective

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Published: 2018-10-08

Authors

Vicente Llorent-Bedmar

Universidad de Sevilla

http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4166-6098

Verónica Cobano-Delgado Palma

Universidad de Sevilla

http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7054-4191

Keywords: Education; Reform; Democracy; School organization; School policy

Abstract

Since the promulgation of the present constitution in 1978, there have been seven important reforms and a plethora of Royal Decrees, Orders, and Regulations, which have meant that changes and modifications are a constant. In Spain, the legal measures adopted unilaterally by the major political parties, conservative and progressive, have lacked the desired consensus, thus impeding their implementation and leading to inconsistent lurches in direction. Following an eminently pragmatic neoliberal ideological perspective, the recent Organic Law on Quality in Education aims to unify the curriculum and give greater autonomy to private centres, with an eye to the labour market. With this reform the democratic participation of the various sectors that make up the educational community is severely curtailed and, in the interests of a higher quality of education, the decision-making powers of the highest participatory body in schools, the School Council, have been reduced to a minimum.

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Author Biographies

Vicente Llorent-Bedmar

Universidad de Sevilla

Catedrático de Educación Comparada en el Departamento de Teoría e Historia de la Educación y Pedagogía Social de la Universidad de Sevilla. Doctor en Filosofía y Ciencias de la Educación por la Universidad de Sevilla. Director del Grupo de Investigación de Educación Comparada de Sevilla (PAIDI HUM-486).

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Verónica Cobano-Delgado Palma

Universidad de Sevilla

Profesora Contratada Doctora en el Departamento de Teoría e Historia de la Educación y Pedagogía Social de la Universidad de Sevilla. Doctora en Pedagogía por la Universidad de Sevilla. Miembro del Grupo de Investigación de Educación Comparada de Sevilla (PAIDI HUM-486).

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Published: 2018-10-08

How to Cite

Llorent-Bedmar, V., & Cobano-Delgado Palma, V. (2018). Spanish educational legislation reforms during the current democratic period: A critical perspective. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26, 125. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.26.2855