Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Russia: Legacies and Prospects

Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Russia: Legacies and Prospects

Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Russia: Legacies and Prospects

Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Russia: Legacies and Prospects

Synopsis

In the post-Soviet era, Russia has witnessed profound educational reform. This volume offers an assessment of the changes & how they have been implemented.

Excerpt

The chapters in this volume were adapted from material originally presented at two conferences: a research workshop of the Israel Science Foundation entitled 'Unravelling the Threads of Time: The Teaching of History in Contemporary Russia', which took place at Tel Aviv University in December 1999 and 'Post-Soviet Education … A Working Conference' held at Indiana Uni-versity's Bloomington campus in June 2000. Generous support by several funds and institutions made the organization of these conferences and publication of this volume possible. The editors would like to express their gratitude for financial assistance provided by the Israel Science Foundation, The Cummings Center for Russian and European Studies at Tel Aviv University, Indiana University's Russian and East European Institute, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and the Center for the Study of Global Change. The conference devoted to Post-Soviet Education was sponsored in part by funds from the US Department of Education's Title VI National Resource Center. The Cummings Center also hosted and supported editorial work on this volume. The Institute for the Study of Russian Education at Indiana University organized the conference on post-Soviet education, where the idea of this book originated

Numerous individuals contributed significantly to the project. The head of the Cummings Center, Professor Gabriel Gorodetsky, initiated the cooperation between Tel Aviv University and the Institute for the Study of Russian Education, took it upon himself to advance the publication of this volume, and played a pivotal role in bringing it all to fruition. The organization of the conferences and production of the book would have been impossible without the assistance of our colleagues at Tel Aviv and Indiana Universities. Sharing with us his vision and experience, Dr Pinchas Agmon played a very significant role in organizing the Tel Aviv workshop. Dr Shimon Naveh, Director of the Cummings Center in 1999-2000, resolutely resolved financial and organizational problems. Tali Nevo and Catherine Dubrovskii were exceptionally devoted and efficient in handling the logistics of the workshop. While the Institute for the Study of Russian Education at Indiana University organized the conference on Post-Soviet education, special thanks are also due to the

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