ERIC Number: ED367598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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An Overview of Teacher Education in Russia.
Herman, William E.
This paper describes the experience of an educational psychologist who completed a Fulbright Lectureship at Moscow State Pedagogical University in Russia during April and May of 1993. The chaotic situation brought about by the dramatic and rapid changes that have taken place since the collapse of the Soviet Union has resulted in hyperinflation, political instability, a decaying infrastructure, and a changing legal system. Although physical conditions were barely tolerable, faculty members relished their newfound freedom to read whatever printed matter they chose and to think more freely. Technology such as telephones, computer systems, and facsimile machines reflected great inequities on campus. The hierarchical structure among faculty and administrators was clearly evident. Professors' involvement in publishing scholarly works in Russia and abroad was directly related to their professional advancement. Russian professors were strongly devoted to developing a uniquely Russian personality theory rather than simply adopting or transplanting an American or European theory. Much of the inservice training being carried out with teachers in the public schools revolved around the theme of humanizing the school and helping teachers become less authoritarian. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (74th, Atlanta, GA, February 12-16, 1994).