Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater

Russian Policy Dramas

Elena Aydarova
eISBN-13: 9781438476162

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Winner of the 2021 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Society of Professors of Education

Winner of the 2020 Critics Choice Award presented by the American Educational Studies Association (AESA)

Winner of the 2020 Outstanding Book Award presented by the Council on Anthropology and Education

Around the world, countries undertake teacher education reforms in response to international norms and assessments. Russia has been no exception. Elena Aydarova develops a unique theatrical framework to tell the story of a small group of reformers who enacted a major reform to modernize teacher education in Russia. Based on scripts circulated in global policy networks and ideologies of national development, this reform was implemented despite great opposition—but how? Drawing on extensive ethnographic material, Aydarova teases out the contradictions in this process. Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater reveals how the official story of improving education obscured dramatic and, ultimately, socially conservative changes in the purposes of schooling, the nature and perception of teachers' work, and the design of teacher education. Despite the official rhetoric, Aydarova argues, modernization reforms such as we see in the Russian context normalize social inequality and put educational systems at the service of global corporations. As similar dramas unfold around the world, this book considers how members of scholarly communities and the broader public can respond to reformers' stories of crises and urgent calls for reform on other national stages.

ISBNs 9781438476148, 1438476167, 9781438476162
Language English
Number of Pages 336