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The Revue internationale d’éducation de Sèvres, published by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP), is a French-language journal which since 1994 has provided a comparative approach to the major education issues across the world. With more than 1 200 authors published from 110 countries on all continents, the journal has over the years become an encyclopedia of education around the world, as well as a bridge between continents and cultures.

The journal publishes three issues a year on a variety of topical issues for an audience of education policymakers and practitioners, as well as academics and researchers from various disciplines with an interest in education. The journal has an international scientific board and an editorial committee, which convene at regular intervals. Issues are organised around a central topic that is currently being discussed on the international stage. Each issue also provides information and documentary resources in the field of educational policies and teaching practices.

The journal periodically organises international conferences to reflect upon ongoing developments and to try to identify the major global trends discernible in the field of education. These conferences, which bring together authors, readers, researchers, education policymakers and practitioners, are used to produce a special issue of the journal.


Latest issue
82 | 2019
Les privatisations de l'éducation

The privatizations of education
Las privatizaciones de la educación

Processes of privatization “in” and “of” education are now found in most countries around the world.
In a context of increased globalization and internationalization of education systems, the implementation in recent decades of specific privatization measures, the development of a commercial education sector, as well as fundamental societal changes concerning the notions of individualism and the individual, interrogate the challenges of privatization in a new way.
Is the promotion of private interests compatible with an education process? Does it irredeemably induce, for example, a utilitarian conception of education? What is its impact on the new generations and their ability to form a society? Finally, do privatizations during education change its nature or is it simply a matter of difference in mode of organization or governance?
To answer these questions, this dossier brings together the contributions of thirteen educational researchers, renowned global specialists or authors of pioneering investigations in their field, whose work allows us to consider a great variety of cases (Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, England, France, India, Sweden, the United States). It also highlights cross-cutting issues in many countries, such as the development of private tutoring in Asia or the strategies implemented by private companies to influence educational policies.
Whichever definition is chosen, all the authors point to the unprecedented growth in privatization in recent years. Illustrating this diversity is one of the main objectives of this dossier, which shows three principal forms of privatization, which are not exclusive and clearly linked to one another: privatization through specific public policies; privatization by the market; and a privatization by increasingly taking into account private individual aspirations and interests.