Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Russia: Legacies and Prospects

Ben Eklof (Editor), Larry E Holmes (Editor), Vera Kaplan (Editor)

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This volume consists of a collection of essays devoted to study of the most recent educational reform in Russia. In his first decree Boris Yeltsin proclaimed education a top priority of state policy. Yet the economic decline which accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union dealt a crippling blow to reformist aspirations, and to the existing school system itself. The public lost faith in school reform and by the mid-1990s a reaction had set in. Nevertheless, large-scale changes have been effected in finance, structure, governance and curricula. At the same time, there has been a renewed and widespread appreciation for the positive aspects of the Soviet legacy in schooling. The essays presented here compare current educational reform to reforms of the past, analyze it in a broader cultural, political and social context, and study the shifts that have occurred at the different levels of schooling 'from political decision-making and changes in school administration to the rewriting textbooks and teachers' everyday problems. The authors are both Russian educators, who have played a leading role in implementation of the reform, and Western scholars, who have been studying it from its very early stages. Together, they formulate an intricate but cohesive picture, which is in keeping with the complex nature of the reform itself.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon; New York, NY
PublisherFrank Cass
Number of pages350
ISBN (Print)0415649188, 0714657050, 9780415649186
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameCummings Center series

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Education -- Estonia
  • Education -- Russia (Federation) -- History -- 21st century
  • Educational change -- Russia (Federation)
  • Post-communism -- Russia (Federation)


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