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Education for Work in the USSR: Vocational Education and Training during the 1970s

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This article examines students’ and teachers’ attitudes to and the level of knowledge about vocational education and training (VET) in the USSR during the 1970s. In 1978 some 1.7 million students attended 3374 vocational-technical colleges (professionalno-technicheskie uchilishcha, or PTUs). Adult education in the USSR during the 1970s performed two major roles: offering education for jobs and providing compensatory education. The article demonstrates that vocational training was associated with particular forms of skill/vocational training required by various sectors of the economy.

Keywords: education for work; polytechnical education; secondary schools; social mobility; the USSR; vocational education and training

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Australian Catholic University

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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