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ERIC Number: EJ1000356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
On the Modernization of Education in Russia: A Historical Sociological Analysis
Andreev, A. L.
Russian Education and Society, v54 n10 p53-70 Oct 2012
Russian society is up in arms over innovations in the sphere of education. It looks as if, for example, Russians reacted to the universal adoption of the Unified State Examination more emotionally than they did to the devaluation of savings, the precipitous division into the poor and the wealthy, and the destruction of the country's industrial potential. This should not be taken for granted. It is a characteristic of Russian society; it is a social phenomenon that needs to be accounted for. It is hardly likely, however, that an explanation can be derived solely from the current context. Its origins are rooted in the past, and to understand the phenomenon it is necessary to turn to social history, or, more accurately, to the historical sociology of education. This article analyzes the development of education in the Russian model of modernization. Data from statistical sources and sociological surveys show that a specific form of sociality, the "education society," came to be formed in Russia during the Soviet era, and despite a lessening of interest in obtaining an education in the 1990s, educational aspirations have returned to their earlier high levels. [This article was translated by Kim Braithwaite.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia