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Vospitanie and regime change: Teacher-education textbooks in Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine

Bogachenko, T. and Perry, L. (2015) Vospitanie and regime change: Teacher-education textbooks in Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine. Prospects, 45 (4). pp. 549-562.

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This article examines the pedagogical dimension of vospitanie, or character formation, in communist and post-communist education. It explores how vospitanie is conceptualized in two teacher-education textbooks—one from each period—in Ukraine, a post-Soviet country. Comparative analysis shows how conceptualizations of vospitanie have evolved over time and across political regimes. Instruction on vospitanie for future teachers has a comprehensive structure based on the two “pillars” of labour and the collective, with an increasing focus on democracy and humanism in the post-communist era. Even though regime change and ideological shifts led to some modifications in the conceptualization of vospitanie, this article recommends a more decentralized approach and practical instructions for teachers to ensure the concept’s relevance in post-Soviet society. It also suggests that educators today could explore—and implement—some of the ideas developed in the Soviet period to improve character education within Ukraine and in other national contexts.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer
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