ERIC Number: EJ859604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Reference Count: 3
The Value of Education in a Society Undergoing Modernization
Bagdasar'ian, N. G.
Russian Education and Society, v51 n7 p86-96 Jul 2009
Since the start of the twenty-first century, the mass media in Russia have increasingly appealed to the concept of human capital, initially formed in the framework of the system of education. The sphere of education is being recognized as top priority in the context of the worldwide movement toward what is called the knowledge economy or even the knowledge society. Education has represented a significant value at all times, and has had top priority in various periods. At the same time, what was considered most essential in the character of education itself has undergone serious changes. In this article, the author discusses the value of education in Russian society as it goes through modernization that occurs at the intersection of two vectors: (1) that of the global educational space; and (2) that of the historical and cultural stratum of traditions and models. The author discusses the value of education that is determined by two basic circumstances: first, by the level of satisfaction a person gains from possession of it, linked to the impulse of love of learning that is common to all people; and second, by education as a definite instrumental value that helps people to achieve other values that are more important to them.
Descriptors: Human Capital, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Indicators, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Educational Benefits, Value Judgment, Futures (of Society), Education Work Relationship, Social Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Russia