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Democratic aspects of communist and Post-communist schooling in central and eastern Europe

Perry, L.B. (2012) Democratic aspects of communist and Post-communist schooling in central and eastern Europe. In: Griffiths, T.G. and Millei, Z., (eds.) Logics of Socialist Education. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, NL, pp. 155-171.

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An education system is democratic inasmuch as it advances and embraces key democratic values. In this chapter, I use a conceptual framework that comprises the values of equality, participation, choice and diversity to analyse schooling in eastern and central Europe during the communist and post-communist eras. Claims are often made that schooling in the region was and continues to be undemocratic. While these claims have some merit, comprehensive analysis based on a range of democratic values shows that the education systems of eastern and central Europe had and have many democratic features. Under the communist era, these education systems placed a strong emphasis on equality of opportunity. In the post-communist era, the democratic values of choice and diversity are being further advanced while retaining a commitment to equality in education. The analysis also shows that in some regards, schooling in eastern and central Europe is (and was) more democratic than schooling elsewhere.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Copyright: 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
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