ERIC Number: EJ877273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Ideologies of Civic Participation in Central Asia: Liberal Arts in the Post-Soviet Democratic Ethos
Baker, Norma Jo; Thompson, Chad D.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v5 n1 p57-71 2010
Higher educational practices in post-Soviet Central Asia remain predicated on an authoritarian conception of expertise rooted in an objective and universal science. While the substance of such education has changed since the Soviet era, the form of education remains rooted in Soviet-era discursive ideological practices, practices that encourage civic passivity outside the classroom. The liberal arts model of higher education represents a significant challenge to prevailing education norms, but it is a model that is honoured more in name than in implementation by domestic and international reformers. The inability to articulate the broader societal significance of the liberal arts suggests a broader act of forgetting the civic inspiration of liberal education in established as well as developing democracies.
Descriptors: Ideology, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Liberal Arts, Citizen Participation, Social Change, Politics of Education, Educational Development, Higher Education, Asian Studies, Educational Philosophy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Canada