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Hovakimyan, H; Klimek, M; Freyer, B; Hayrapetyan, R.
(2021): Sustainable Shift from Centralized to Participatory Higher Education in Post-Soviet Countries: A Systematic Literature Review
SUSTAINABILITY-BASEL. 2021; 13(10), 5536 FullText FullText_BOKU

Abstract:
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, higher education (HE) in post-Soviet reality continues to face complex challenges, including hierarchical structures, antiquated teaching methods, and lack of international standards. In the meantime, in the US and in Europe, HE has recently focused on participatory curriculum development (PCD) and programs that seek to directly connect student learning to "real-world" problems, accelerating positive change in curricula and through their contributions to regional communities. Accepted into the Bologna Process-the standardization of European HE-Armenian HE institutions struggle to satisfy requirements and related sustainable development goals with centralized standards, inhibiting them from being internationally competitive and regional sustainability change agents. In this article, we examine post-Soviet HE development since 1991 and challenges, with a particular focus on Armenia; what participatory curriculum building may offer; and how it contributes to HE and regional sustainability transitions. A systematic literature review was applied, using specific combinations of important terms restricting the search with criteria such as language, year of publication, and descriptive or critical in nature. The results illustrate the status quo of post-Soviet HE, synthesize current barriers of HE as potential change agents, and highlight PCD as a way to overcome these barriers.
Authors BOKU Wien:
Freyer Bernhard
Hovakimyan Hasmik
Klimek Milena
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