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ERIC Number: ED314849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 64
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Perestroika's Impact on Educational Policy Formulation, 1984-89: USSR National Priorities Influence School Reform.
Wilson, Joan B.
Sweeping political, economic and social reforms in the USSR have affected educational policy making. Of the many important steps taken within the last 5 years to recast educational matters, at least three merit serious consideration, and these are described and analyzed in this paper. The first, the adoption of Fundamental Directions of General Education and Vocational School Reform (1984), set in motion four important goals: (1) the entrance of six year olds into the primary school; (2) the incorporation of a universal vocational educational core in the general education program; (3) the strengthening of the role of the teacher; and (4) the reorganization and decentralization of school administration. The second aspect, dubbed the Pedagogy of Cooperation, identifies the sporadic but intense effort to change classroom instructional strategies, away from the authoritarianism of the past and toward learning as collaboration between teacher and pupil. The third aspect highlights the debates of the All-Union Congress of Workers in Public Education (December 1988), an event that exemplied the spirit of glasnost (openness) and set a precedent for public professional debate in the Soviet Union. (77 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: USSR