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The Challenges of Education in Central Asia : International Perspectives on Educational Policy, Research and Practice - Stephen P. Heyneman

The Challenges of Education in Central Asia

International Perspectives on Educational Policy, Research and Practice

By: Stephen P. Heyneman (Editor), Alan J. De Young (Editor)

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Published: 5th September 2000
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A look at the challenges facing education in Central Asia. In many ways, the story of education since the beginning of the transition in Central Asia is integrated with similar processes in other parts of the former Soviet Union. It may not explain everything, but understanding the challenges throughout the 15 former republics is helpful in understanding the progress and setback in the Central Asian Republics. Most importantly, the Central Asia republics have demonstrated their independence in the adherence of Western-recommendations; they have articulated their demand for respect on their own terms, and not just as the recipient of strategies developed elsewhere. One would hope that this sense of independence and of autonomy of spirit would continue, but that it would not interfere; with the universal principles that pertain to all modern societies: those of equality of opportunity, and the necessity for achieving consensus over what to teach about history that is fair to all citizens.

Overview
One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: The First Stage of the Transition for Education in Central Asiap. 3
Social and Political Background
Central Asia: Ancient Societies and the New Millenniump. 11
The Legacy of Russian and Soviet Education and the Shaping of Ethnic, Religious, and National Identities in Central Asiap. 21
The Effects of the Collapse of the USSR on Teachers' Lives and Work in Tajikistanp. 37
Central Asian Educational Issues and Problems: Internet Coverage and Sourcesp. 65
Turkish Higher Education Initiatives Toward Central Asiap. 81
Education and Linguistic Division in Kyrgyzstanp. 97
Academic Exchange Programs in Central Asia: The First Eight Yearsp. 113
Economic Background
Education in Central Asia During the Transition to a Market Economyp. 131
Education in Central Asia, with Particular Reference to the Kyrgyz Republicp. 153
Access to Education in Five Newly Independent States of Central Asia and Mongolia: A Regional Agendap. 181
Elementary and Secondary Education
On the Demise of the "Action Plan" for Kyrgyz Education Reform: A Case Studyp. 199
Perspectives and Problems in Education Reform in Kyrgyzstan: The Case of National Scholarship Testingp. 225
Secondary Education Reform in Kazakhstan: The Case of the Maksat Schoolp. 243
University Ranking in Central Asia: The Experience of Kazakhstanp. 257
Straddling Market and State: Higher Education Governance and Finance Reform in Kazakhstanp. 275
Diversification of Financial Resources in Kazakh Higher Educationp. 295
Strategic Planning at East Kazakhstan State University: How a University Can Survive in a Rapidly Shifting Policy Environmentp. 309
Trials in the Humanitiesp. 327
The Reform of Kazakhstan's Education System: The Problems of State Monopoly on Higher Education Qualityp. 357
Cultivating "Citizens of a New Type" The Politics and Practice of Educational Reform at the American University in Kyrgyzstanp. 365
About the Contributing Authorsp. 387
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ISBN: 9781931576482
ISBN-10: 1931576483
Series: International Perspectives on Educational Policy, Research and Practice
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.59