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ERIC Number: EJ908058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 65
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
The System of Russian Education as Assessed by the Population: The Problem of Level and Quality
Dubin, Boris; Zorkaia, Nataliia
Russian Education and Society, v52 n12 p15-79 Dec 2010
Russians are less concerned about the poor material conditions of institutions or inadequate textbooks than about the commercialization of education and high tuition. Also of great concern is the gap between educational achievement and employment opportunities, especially for the more highly educated. The perception that a higher education is a vital social value is universally accepted, shared by as many as 90 percent of people in Russia. The interpretation of it is more or less unified. In most cases, having "a good education" is a condition that is essential in order to get "a good job," and these days a majority of Russians fairly unanimously interpret "a good job" as one that pays "good money." In this article, the authors describe the functioning of the system of secondary and higher education in Russia in the first years of the new century, based on the perceptions and assessments made by the various social, demographic, and sociocultural groups of Russians. The article is based on the data from a representative survey of the urban population, conducted by a collective of the Levada Center in April and May 2009. In a number of cases, the most recent data are compared with the results of previous, similar surveys carried out by the Center. Here, the authors discuss Russians' general value deficiencies and priorities, their conceptions of "a good education," their level of satisfaction with their education and the problems of today's schools, and presumed functions of instruction in colleges and universities. The authors also discuss the assessments of college and university schooling and the system of Russian higher education. (Contains 12 figures, 20 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia