This paper combines statistical data and qualitative information to describe the organisation and functioning of education systems in Europe.
The report is organised into seven subject-based chapters entitled Context, Structures, Participation, Resources, Teachers and Management Staff, Educational Processes and Qualification Levels and Transition to Employment. The summary at the beginning of the report familiarises readers with the main findings and briefly reviews the most evident emergent trends.
In each chapter, the information is presented in ascending order of educational level, progression from the most general to the most specific information, and from local administrative level up to national level.
This general volume of Key Data on Education in Europe 2012 has been enhanced through the inclusion of several time series provided by Eurostat. Time series are especially helpful in identifying developments affecting aspects of education systems in Europe and in analysing their present situation with respect to the recent past. These time series are concerned in particular with participation rates at different educational levels (Chapter C), with qualification levels among the general population, and with the number of women graduates in tertiary education and the number of graduates in science and technology (Chapter G). Furthermore, many of the Eurydice indicators present also the evolution in the education structures and organisation (Chapters B and F) in the last decade