Network analysis


Representation of the actors and agents involved in the Governance of Inclusive Education in the school system and participating in the Round-Table-Meetings in the school administration region Baden-Württemberg within the international project.

Text description of the network analysis

The image presents a diagram mapping the hierarchical relationships in an education system, organized across four levels: micro, meso, intermediary, and macro.

At the micro level, there are three primary nodes: “School clusters,” “Primary schools,” and “Secondary schools.” These are depicted in yellow, except for “Secondary schools,” which is linked to “Parent representatives,” highlighted in red, indicating a special focus or importance.

The meso level consists of a single entity, “Agencies, Associations,” which is connected to “Secondary schools” and another node at the intermediary level.

At the intermediary level, we see several nodes: “Universities with competence centres,” “National Language Centre,” “Federal States,” “Ministry of education,” “Department of education,” “Regional department,” and “Regional Diversity Management.” These are in blue and are interconnected among themselves and also with “Parent representatives” and “Agencies, Associations.”

Finally, the macro level does not contain any specific entities but encircles all levels, suggesting an overarching scope.

Lines interconnect the various nodes, signifying the network of influence or communication pathways among the entities. The arrangement of nodes within the concentric circles indicates their role and operational scope within the educational system, from the direct educational environment at the micro level to the broader organizational and governance structures at the intermediary level.

Entity descriptions

Ministry of education

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport is a provincial authority responsible for the educational offer of the federal province from nursery school to qualification for university entrance. Its remit includes public and public schools, early childhood education, further education, and sport.

State Education Authority Tübingen

The Stuttgart State Education Authority is, as the lower school supervisory authority, responsible for primary, technical secondary, real secondary, and community schools as well as for special education and counselling centres in an assigned region.

Department of education

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany is responsible for education policy, research funding, and the development of national education and research strategies.

Social Services

The respective integration assistance organisation (social security office) can provide school support for participation in education for children, adolescents, and young adults with a mental or physical disability as defined in the German Social Code.

Special education and guidance centres

If pupils with disabilities and with an ascertained entitlement to special educational offers in Baden-Württemberg do not fulfil their right to education at a regular school, they attend a special education and counselling centre. Special education and counselling centres are differentiated according to focal points of support. They provide their own educational programmes and support regular schools with special educational counselling, support, and education according to the needs.

Secondary school

The secondary school is divided into lower secondary level (grades 5-10) and upper secondary level (grades 11-13).

Parent representatives

Parent representatives are democratically elected parents of a school classroom. Their tasks are, among others, to maintain and cultivate the parents’ interest in and responsibility for educative tasks, to give the parents the opportunity for information and discussion and to contribute to the improvement of internal and external conditions of the school.

Primary school

The primary school is the common foundational level of the school system. It conveys basic knowledge and skills. Its specific mission is to gradually introduce pupils from playful to school-related forms of learning and work. This includes developing the various talents of the pupils in a common educational programme, practising the behaviours for living together and promoting the power to construct and express oneself creatively. The primary school comprises four school years.

Centre for School Quality and Teacher Education

The core tasks of the Centre for School Quality and Teacher Education are personnel development and the executive qualification, developing concepts and managing the implementation and quality assurance of initial and further education on cross-cutting pedagogical topics as well as subject- and school-specific initial and further teacher education, the conception of teaching support programmes, the development of educational plans and the approval of textbooks; international cooperation projects in teacher education, the development, decentralised provision and quality assurance of advisory services, for example regarding school careers, job orientation, need of additional support and special talents, school psychological services, prevention and quality development of general education and vocational schools.

Universities with competence centres

University colleges of teacher education educate and train prospective teachers in the first stage of their career, except for grammar schools and vocational schools. Universities are responsible for education and training in the first phase for other school types.

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