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Similar Rhetoric, Different Goals: Contemporary Tendencies in Patriotic Education in Russia and Ukraine

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Patriotic education has recently become one of the most important components in the paradigm of citizenship education in many countries of Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. This article compares rationales and recent tendencies in patriotic education in Russia and Ukraine. Based on historical perspectives and analysis of programmatic texts this study demonstrates that the political, ideological, and educational discourses that contribute to patriotic education in both countries have a lot in common. However, despite those commonalities, the motivation and general long-term goals as well as the rationalization for patriotic education differ, particularly in regard to official educational policies.

Keywords: Russia; Ukraine; blind patriotism vs. constructive patriotism; ontological meaning of patriotism; patriotic discourses; patriotic education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Purdue University

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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  • World Studies in Education is a bi-annual, refereed, international journal offering a global overview of significant international and comparative education research. Its focus is on educational reforms and policy affecting institutions in the global economy.

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