ERIC Number: ED311579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Reforms in the Soviet Union. Special Studies in Comparative Education, Number Fourteen.
The Soviet school system is, and has been since its inception, a vital instrument of state policy. The Soviet political leaders of the 1980s, in an effort to improve their educational system, are implementing into the academic program the basic Soviet educational principles of: (1) promoting Communist Party policies; (2) coordinating school work with youth, community, and political organizations, and with industrial and agricultural enterprises; (3) combining polytechnical labor education, aesthetic education, and general education with moral education; (4) equating moral education with the Lenin communist ethical system; and (5) uniting academic and ethical knowledge with socially useful applications. School structure changes are included in the reform effort. First, children will complete 11 years of general education beginning at age 6. Second, vocational schools will be consolidated into one institution. And third, all students must acquire a skill proficiency in some common occupation. To accomplish these goals, a large number of talented people must be encouraged to enter the teaching profession, classrooms must be provided with technological equipment, and substantial funds must be provided. Examining the Soviet efforts at educational reform will provide valuable insights about imaginative educational methods and means in another society whose ends are so very different. (126 references) (KM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Organizational Change
Publications Division, Comparative Education Center, 428 Baldy Hall, SUNY at Buffalo, Amherst, NY 14260 ($6.00 postpaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Comparative Education Center.
Identifiers - Location: USSR