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A framework for understanding dramatic change: Educational transformation in post-Soviet Russia


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Title:A framework for understanding dramatic change: Educational transformation in post-Soviet Russia
Author(s):Eleoussa Polyzoi, Eduard Dneprov
Volume:14 Editor(s): Iveta Silova ISBN: 978-0-85724-417-8 eISBN: 978-0-85724-418-5
Citation:Eleoussa Polyzoi, Eduard Dneprov (2010), A framework for understanding dramatic change: Educational transformation in post-Soviet Russia, in Iveta Silova (ed.) Post-Socialism is not Dead: (Re)Reading the Global in Comparative Education (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Volume 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.155-179
DOI:10.1108/S1479-3679(2010)0000014009 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This chapter examines the initiation of educational change in post-Soviet Russia, using the eight-factor change framework developed by Michael Fullan. Interviews were conducted with 24 key individuals, including members of the Ministry of Education, teacher educators, university researchers, and members of advocacy and school reform organizations. Important primary (government, policy, and school) documents related to the change process of educational transformation were also examined. The format for the interviews involved a common, open-ended unstructured questionnaire, upon which the researchers elaborated with additional probes as the interview unfolded. The interviews ranged from 1–2 hours in length; approximately 50–55 hours of material were recorded. Data analyses involved examination of the transcribed interviews, extensive notes, and documents acquired by the principal researcher. With a specific focus on decentralization reforms, the Russian experience was matched against the initiation stage of Fullan”s framework in order to understand Russia”s transformation as a “change” process. The data show that Fullan”s conceptual framework does clearly have utility for helping us understand events in Russia. However, we propose a revised framework, which is more consistent with the revolutionary rather than the evolutionary transformation and, therefore, better accounts for the dynamic character of dramatic and sudden change typical of Russia and other former Soviet countries.

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