International Education Experts Gather in Moscow
On May 20, the Days of the International Academy of Education commenced at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Experts from all over the world engaged in identifying global education policy trends will hold a series of meetings, master classes, seminars and open lectures. They will share their experience with Russian researchers, instructors and education policy makers over the course of three days.
The International Academy of Education (IAE) is an influential international organization headquartered in Brussels. The Academy brings together renowned education scholars and works to inform education policy based on research findings from countries around the globe. As Lorin Anderson, Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina (USA) explains, ‘The responsibility of the Academy is to provide insights and data that could inform policy-making. The Academy is not an advocacy group and it does not take one side or the other. It can only provide information and make suggestions that policy makers may choose to take into account. So, the role of the Academy essentially is to inform, encourage, and talk about pros and cons.’
Douglas Willms, IAE President and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), notes that the primary focus of the Academy’s research is the child.
Our main task is to ensure that all children receive an education and, as a result, achieve success
The Academy’s international meetings, in Professor Willms’s view, provide an opportunity for the open and free exchange of research findings, and of course, discussion. And since its founding in 1986, the Academy has only grown to include more voices and perspectives. ‘When the Academy first started, it was a small group of people that were involved in large-scale educational assessments. Now we have a wide variety of interests and people from a wide variety of fields, but the common interest uniting everyone is education and the development of children.’
In terms of the Academy’s membership, ‘We had a lot of members who were mostly from North America and Europe,’ he remarks. ‘Now we’ve been able to broaden our membership. We have members from Africa, Japan, South America (Argentina and so on), and we’ve also improved the gender balance. It’s still not 50/50, but it’s moving in the right direction.’
Andrey Podolsky (Professor of HSE’s Institute of Education and Professor Emeritus of Moscow State University), who specializes in developmental psychology and educational psychology, became the Academy’s first Russian member six years ago.
One of the most important skills for the 21st century is critical thinking, Professor Podolsky says. ‘When you’re conducting educational research, you need to be able to think critically. This meeting with the members of the IAE provides us with a good opportunity to get feedback on our research, evaluate its effectiveness as well as situate it in the general context.’
According to Vitaly Rubtsov, President of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, the Days of the International Academy of Education is a significant event. ‘This event is not only for members of the Academy, but also for many other colleagues interested in the development of modern education,’ he says. ‘Topics for discussion will include child and adolescent socialization, new methods for educational assessment, and developing new technology and methods for teacher training.’
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On the first day of the forum, Douglas Willms, one of the leading developers of the international comparative study PISA, gave a presentation on equality and equity in education. Lorin Anderson discussed the question, 'Do International Tests Test What We Think They Test?', and Martin Carnoy, Professor at Stanford University and Head of HSE’s International Laboratory for Education Policy Analysis, shared his observations on how the problem of educational inequality is addressed in Russian public schools.
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