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1 Russian Education and Society SISRE 590/EDLPS 541 Steve Kerr Tuesdays, 1:30-3:20

2 Agenda for 3/31 The Course Student introductions Instructor introduction

3 Formative Influences Imperial traditions Soviet variations Generalities: – Russia: European or Asiatic? Western or Eastern? – Spirituality: Россию умом не понять.... – Worldview: Influence of the Tatar Yoke (Russia never experienced the Renaissance/Reformation)

4 Control From top down, all aspects of the educational system – Curriculum & materials – Structure and function of schools – Teacher education

5 Centralization Planning and budgeting Change and "reform" programs Preparation and dissemination of curricula, teaching approaches, etc. Research and development efforts Problematic for Russias large minority populations

6 Quality vs. Mediocrity Special schools, big universities, advanced curricula – some of best in world Rural schools, average kids, vocational- technical tracks – some of worst in the world Pioneering efforts to work with special-needs students (but few efforts at integration)

7 Ideology Pre-1917: Orthodox Church Post-1917: Marxism-Leninism Major component of all social sciences, arts (to some extent sciences) Conformity required for advancement in the social system After Stalin, increasing passive resistance to ideological demands

8 Late Soviet Disintegration By late 1970s: – System became increasingly non-meritocratic – access was a "consumer benefit" – Emerging stratification by school status -- specialized vs. regular, vocational schools – De-humanizing aspects of the system became increasingly obvious by early 1980s

9 Immediate Post-Soviet Period Lots of experimentation: Schools, teaching methods, curricula, level of control and support Many public intellectuals and scientists flocked to help schools Emergence of new voices – publishers, newspapers, consultants, etc. Quick re-stratification of schools and access by wealth, influence, status

10 Today Can the system help develop and support a modern economy? Will more contemporary models of teaching and learning emerge? Can rural-urban differences be reconciled? And yet… Many schools "look and feel similar to what was present in 1960s-80s


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