On 25-27 October 2017, EduKnow’s Galina Gurova participated in the 17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference Russia’s Choices for 2030. The conference is organized yearly by the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, which studies Russia from political, economic, and social perspectives.
Gurova presented two papers, developed in the course of the BCR research project. The first presentation was titled “Soviet, post-Soviet, and neoliberal: Governing Russian schools through quality assurance and evaluation”. It demonstrated that contemporary Russian evaluation policy in education, especially at the local level, is a mix of different legacies, and has been formed by diverse national and international influences.
The other presentation, based on a chapter written together with Nelli Piattoeva, was titled “A post-Soviet audit culture: changing practices and subjectivities of school teachers”. The presentation focused on the controversial reactions of teachers to the recently introduced policies.