The dynamics of schooling and learning are central issues to debate modernity. As they represent an essential feature of socializing processes in contemporary societies, they gather the ambivalences related to the production of individuals in modernity. On the other hand, these dynamics occur in a context of enlarged globalization, despite implying specific local translations, often composite. This book raises some questions concerning schooling in modern societies. What means learning in a globalized world? Does lifelong learning introduce new challenges to knowledge and the scholastic form of transmission? Are competences prevailing as a new form of qualification in modern societies? How teachers deal with these new professional dilemmas?
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José Resende, is Assistant Research Professor of Sociology at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is presently a Researcher at Cesnova- Research Centre and at the Permanent School Observatory, University of Lisbon.Maria Manuel Vieira, sociologist, is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, and former Vice-President of the Portuguese Sociological Association.