Journal article

Breaching cultural worlds with the village school: Educational visions, local initiative, and rural experience at S. T. Shatskii's Kaluga School System, 1919-1932

William Partlett

Slavonic and East European Review | University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies | Published : 2004


This article examines the village school as an institution of cultural change in early Soviet Russia. Focusing on a rural progressive school system in the Kaluga province, it juxtaposes elite visions for cultural change (the new curriculum) with popular practice. Rural society resisted many of the new progressive classroom methods. However, they were critical supporters of new extracurricular school policies, in particular practical hygiene, sanitation, and health awareness methods as well as active community-based festivals and campaigns. By involving children in group activities with concrete transformative effects, these Kaluga schools added a new dimension to childhood experience based o..

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