Major events at the beginning of this millennium, such as the economic crisis, increasing migration, and of people who become refugees, the reorganization of relations between states and trans-national agencies and the influence of free communication on the Internet, arise the need to think about the role of Educational Research as means to ensure and enforce freedom and promote education and the comprehensive development of citizens of the whole world.
To citizens of Spain as well as the rest of Europe we see an important reminder of the core of this discussion in the Spanish bicentennial commemoration of the first Constitution of 1812. Like in other European countries this established popular sovereignty, separation of powers, freedom of expression and freedom of the press and the need for education.
The political commitment to education for all has been re-emphasized many times, both nationally and by trans-national agencies. In many cases this commitment has been supported by the commitment to explore the foundations for the general and life long education in society, families, institutions, professionals and individuals. On the other hand we see signs to the tendency that governments and trans-national agencies are loosing the strong and necessary interest for educational research.
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