13 February 2015

Call for Papers! Special Issue "A Decade of Roma Inclusion: 2005-2015"

'European Education' is happy to announce a call for papers for a special issue "Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015: Critical perspectives on education research, initiatives and interventions," guest edited by Christian Brüggemann (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Eben Friedman (European Centre for Minority Issues)!
The Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015) can be understood as a joint effort of European governments and international organizations to fight exclusion and marginalization of Roma communities. Based on coordination efforts and financial support that has been institutionalized through the establishment of the Decade Secretariat, the Decade Trust Fund and the Roma Education Fund, the Decade has been the core reference and baseline framework for a multitude of research activities, initiatives and interventions with education being a key priority.

The Decade has contributed to the internationalization of Roma education discourse and triggered large-scale fundraising possibilities for education. Nevertheless, only little change has been observed at the local level and many Roma communities seem not to have benefited from this international endeavor.

Coming close to the end of the Decade and being at a point where next steps are being discussed but have not yet been decided, this special issue attempts to look at the last ten years of Roma inclusion in the field of education. It welcomes papers that critically look at education research, initiatives and interventions. Researchers who intend to publish in this special issue might for example:
  • analyze the tremendous amount of scientific research that has been published in the last ten years;
  • scrutinize large-scale applied research / intervention projects (e.g. INCLUD-ED, EduMigRom, EduRom, RomaMatrix, QUALIROM and others) that have been implemented over the last ten years; or 
  • examine educational activities/projects/political initiatives related to or facilitated through the Decade of Roma Inclusion. 
Interested researchers might also investigate unintended effects of international education policy, question how international education initiatives have been ignored, re-framed or even misused at the local level and/or compare different contextualizations of education research, initiatives and interventions. Studies that try to understand underlying and possibly conflicting understandings of social justice, equality of opportunity and/or affirmative action are also welcome. 

Expressions of interest should be sent to christian.brueggemann(at)hu-berlin.de by 1st of May 2015 in the form of an outline of about 1.000 - 1.200 words (objectives, theoretical framework, modes of inquiry, data sources). Selected full papers should be submitted by 1st of October 2015. Submitted papers will be subject to a blind peer review and selected on the basis of academic merit (clarity, coherence, relevance, rigor, appropriateness of theoretical/conceptual literature and methodological grounding). 

08 October 2014

Parental Choices in Tajikistan's School Market

A recently published special issue of "European Education" examines the emergence of various forms of education privatization in the former socialist countries. In "Parental choices in the primary and secondary school market in Dushanbe, Tajikistan," Chris Whitsel explores the factors motivating parents in Tajikistan to choose schools for their children in an educational landscape that includes elite public and private schools, low-fee private schools, and neighborhood public schools. Watch a short interview with Chris Whitsel discussing his study!

If this piqued your interest and you would like to read the entire paper or any other content from our journal, you can find out more about subscriptions at this page. See the abstract of the article for more information:

This paper presents findings about factors parents consider when choosing schools in the new educational market in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The eco- nomic and political chaos of the early independence period led to greater dif- ferentiation between public schools. Policies were enacted that encouraged the growth of private schools and fee-charging specialized public schools (lyceums and gymnasiums). In this paper, I first outline some of the causes for the growth of diversity among schools. I then present results about the factors that parents in Dushanbe weigh when deciding among schools. I find that parents utilize a complex matrix of factors—school location, child aptitude, child’s gender, and school quality—in making their decisions. Sur- prisingly, cost is not at the forefront of the decision matrix as most parents make choices that are comfortably in their range of affordability. 

03 October 2014

Interview with Svitlana Schudlo, a co-author of "Reworking of school principals' roles in the context of educational privatization: A view from Ukraine"

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, market forces have fundamentally transformed the education system of Ukraine. In "Reworking of school principals' roles in the context of educational privatization," Serhiy Kovalchuk and Svitlana Schudlo examine how various forms of education privatization have affected Ukrainian schools and how school principals have adjusted to the new realia.

Listen to an interview (in Ukrainian language with English subtitles) with Svitlana Schudlo, a co-author of the article, who discusses the influence of market forces on the education sphere in Ukraine, the fundamental changes in the role of school principals, and the implications of the changing social functions of school administrators for education quality and equity in the context of privatization. If you would like to read the entire paper or any other content from our journal, you can find out more about subscriptions at this page.

Переосмислення ролі директорів шкіл в контексті приватизації освіти: 
погляд з України

З часу розпаду Радянського Союзу ринкові відносини фундаментально трансформували систему освіти України. У статті «Переосмислення ролі директорів шкіл в контексті приватизації освіти: погляд з України», Сергій Ковальчук і Світлана Щудло аналізують вплив різних форм приватизації освіти на українські школи, а також  шляхи адаптації директорів шкіл до нових реалій.

Послухайте інтерв’ю (українською мовою з англійськими субтитрами) Світлани Щудло, Доктора Соціології Дрогобицького Державного Педагогічного Університету ім. Івана Франка, яка обговорює вплив ринкових відносин на сферу освіти в Україні, фундаментальні зміни ролі директорів шкіл, а також значення зміни соціальних функцій шкільних адміністраторів для якості освітнього процесу в контексті приватизації.

02 October 2014

Reworking of School Principals’ Roles in the Context of Educational Privatization: A View from Ukraine

Educational privatization created new arrangements for funding, provision, and regulation of educational systems and their various stakeholders worldwide. In "Reworking of school principals' roles in the context of educational privatization," Serhiy Kovalchuk and Svitlana Schudlo examine the driving forces of privatization in the public education of Ukraine, focusing specifically on the professional roles of school principals who have been compelled by state underfunding to search for external private funds to maintain and develop their educational establishments.

Listen to one of the author's of the article, Serhiy Kovalchuk, who discusses the factors driving privatization, offers examples of how these factors have reshaped principals’ professional roles, and explains how the Ukrainian principals have adapted to varying degrees to accept the new professional role of fundraisers. 

If you would like to read the entire paper or any other content from our journal, you can find out more about subscriptions at this page.