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Canadian Educational Researcher Michael Fullan Visits Moscow to Speak at the HSE Conference

On February 17-18, 2014, the HSE will host the Fifth Annual Saburov Readings Conference. This year, the Conference theme will be 'Humanitarian Economics: The Future Outlook'. Saburov Readings is a conference held annually to commemorate Russian researcher and educator Evgeny Saburov who worked to transform Russia’s economy, social policy, and education system. Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, internationally renowned and the most widely cited authority in educational science for the past two decades, will present a seminar at the HSE Institute of Education on February 18, 2014. 

Fullan is famous for pioneering a new field of research in educational change. Educational reform had been undertaken before Fullan, but he was the first to make it a subject of specialist research. One of his first books, The New Meaning of Educational Change, transformed the landscape of educational policy studies. Professor Fullan helped create the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto which is now among the world's top 10 most prestigious and internationally recognized centres for educational research.

In his writings, the Canadian professor argues that no educational change should take place without the active involvement of teachers. Yet any attempts to change teachers do not make sense; teachers will change only if they choose to. On the basis of the theory of distributed leadership, he explains what driving forces policymakers should mobilize to implement educational change, and how they should formulate the outcomes expected from schools and support schools in attaining them.

‘Professor Fullan is visiting Russia for the first time at our invitation,’ said Isak Frumin, Academic Supervisor of the HSE Institute of Education, ‘and we are honoured that he will make his first presentation during our Institute's seminar, traditionally held as part of the Saburov Readings. In addition, he will attend the Trends in Education annual conference which is co-organized by the HSE and will be hosted by the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences on February 20-12, 2014.’

According to Frumin, Fullan's ideas are particularly relevant to Russia, because the traditional drivers used to promote educational change, such as teacher salary raises and new educational standards, have not produced the expected results.

Boris Startsev for the HSE News Service

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