Policy Why(s): Policy rationalities and the changing logic of educational reform in post-communist Ukraine' – Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Duration: 1 hour 17 mins
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(A short description of the current audio) At this seminar Olena Fimyar discusses her work published in I. Silova (ed.) (2010) Post-Socialism is not Dead: (Re)reading the global in comparative education, Bingley: Emerald Publishing, 61-91. Link to the chapter: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?issn=14793679&volume=14&chapterid=1905476&show=abstract
|Collection:||Kazakhstan programme open seminar series|
|Publisher:||University of Cambridge|
|Keywords:||Education reform; Education policy; Policy rationalities; Foucault; Ukraine; Olena Fimyar;|
|Abstract:||This is a recording of the seminar which took place on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the Faculty of Education University of Cambridge. In this seminar Olena Fimyar presented her work on 'Poilcy Why(s): Policy rationalities and the changing logic of post-communist Ukraine'. Olena introduced the concept of policy-rationalities, which she defined as structures distinct from policy discourses which frame the logic and define the purpose of educational reform in post-communist Ukraine. Drawing on the analysis of policy texts published in 1991-2005, Olena identified three rationalities which shape current educational debates in Ukraine. These are rationalities of nation- and state-building, rationalities of comparison and critique; and rationalities of catching-up Europeanisation. Olena also reflected on the responses to her work since it was published in 2010. The seminar was chaired by Professor David Bridges, Director of Research for the Mongolia and Kazakhstan Programme. Dr Peter Cunningham, Senior Research Fellow at Homerton College and a member of the Kazakhstan Programme Teacher Professional Development Team, presented his discussant address in the end of the seminar after the initial comments and questions were taken from the audience.
Presenter's and Discussant's biographical notes are presented below:
Presenter: Dr Olena Fimyar, Faculty of Education, Kazakhstan Programme
Olena holds an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education and has published extensively on education reform, actors and power of educational policy-making in Ukraine. Prior to joining the Kazakhstan Projects team, she led a project on 'Return Academic Migration in Post-Communist Europe' at the Centre for Area Studies, Free University Berlin and prior to that, a study on the 'Sociology of Post-Communist Intellectuals' at the Collegium Budapest, Hungary. Before embarking on her research and university teaching career, for five years Olena worked as an EFL teacher in Tsyurupynska Gymnasium, Kherson region, Ukraine.
Discussant: Dr Peter Cunningham, Homerton College, Senior Research Fellow, Kazakhstan Programme Teacher Professional Development Team
Peter Cunningham’s research interests are in the historical and contemporary development of educational policy and practice, with a particular focus on the primary school curriculum and the training and professional identity of primary school teachers. He has researched and written on educational innovators and progressives, and is a contributor on educationists to the New Dictionary of National Biography. He has been active nationally and internationally in organisations for the study of educational history and is a member of the editorial boards of the journals History of Education, Journal of Educational Administration and History, and the Cambridge Journal of Education.