ERIC Number: EJ818542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Reference Count: 9
What Is Needed to Improve Teacher In-Service Education in Kyrgyzstan?
Kabylov, Toichubek B.
Journal of In-service Education, v32 n1 p123-128 Mar 2006
During the last decade, since the break-up of the Soviet Union into a number of independent countries, Kyrgyzstan has experienced major political, social and economic transformation. This has resulted in increased democratization and decentralization. Educational systems have been transformed too. In Kyrgyzstan, the number and size of universities and other institutions have grown. However, government-based in-service teacher training programmes, and leadership style in schools, still continue to reflect the former USSR system. Despite the demands of a rapidly changing world, teacher INSET seems oblivious to change and continues to reflect the old system. The demands of the present time are so crucial that it is impossible to ignore them for much longer. In this article, the author offers recommendations to improve teacher in-service education in Kyrgyzstan. The author contends that in order to be effective, and to properly institutionalize the improvement, there is a need for Kyrgyzstan educational system authorities to establish a culture where professional development of teachers is supported, nurtured and sustained, not by "lip-service", but through practice. For this to take place the current view of teacher development needs to become more coherent where the in-service stage of teacher development needs to be seen as a continuum, rather than isolated facets.
Descriptors: Inservice Teacher Education, Leadership Styles, Foreign Countries, Leadership, Democracy, Colleges, Faculty Development, Teacher Education Programs, Rural Urban Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kyrgyzstan; USSR