Master of Arts, University Szeged, Hungary, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, University Szeged, 1968. Doctor of Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 1986.
Director Hungarian Institute Educational Research, Budapest, 1990—2000. Professor University Debrecen, since 1994, head department education, 1995—2005.
President curatorium Oko-Forum, Budapest, 1997—2006. Member of Hungarian Academy Sciences (president, committee educational sciences since 2008).
Married Katalin Forrai. 1 child Eszter.