ERIC Number: EJ1094239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Communist Education as Modernisation Strategy? the Swings of the Globalisation Pendulum in Eastern Europe (1947-1989)
Mincu, Monica E.
History of Education, v45 n3 p319-334 2016
This article engages with the influence of Soviet educational models and Western European contacts, mediated by historical institutional and cultural legacies in producing specifically Eastern educational variants. A first level of analysis will identify the reasons behind the emergence of these variations. A second and higher level of analysis will question the use of global models in the modernisation processes. The Soviet influence in education is conceptualised as initially both an imperialist force and a voluntary borrowing, followed by internationalisation with local adaptation. It cannot be conceived of as a coherent model. In fact, Soviet education was transformed over time and incorporated both Western and elitist elements. Nevertheless, a historical and comparative analysis indicates that, while not divergent on educational grounds, the Soviet and the Western European educational patterns at times intermingled. These countries looked increasingly to the West in search of models and to reposition themselves in the global arena.
Descriptors: Social Systems, Models, Educational History, Comparative Education, International Education, Educational Change, Western Civilization, Educational Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Educational Planning, Cultural Influences
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: USSR