Towards a Theory of Educational Policy

Towards a Theory of Educational Policy

Оsipov А.М.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof., Department of Sociology, A.I. Hertzen Russian State Pedagogical University, St.-Petersburg, Russia; Chief Researcher, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, Veliky Novgorod, Russia

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The Russian Science Foundation (grant № 18-18-00047).

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Оsipov А.М. Towards a Theory of Educational Policy. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2022. No 2. P. 23-33


The article substantiates the problem of educational policy and the development of an appropriate theory in the subject field of sociology of education. It draws attention to the lag in the sociological understanding of educational policy worldly and in Russia, to the growing criticisms towards this policy from the standpoint of various scientific disciplines and the professional consciousness of educators. Such criticisms require generalization and solution of theoretical issues in the context of sociology. The author links the definition of the concept, structure, principles and the effectiveness’ criteria of state educational policy with basic ideas of sociology of education, its ideas of institutional functions of education and its structure as a social system, which, in his opinion, will ensure the integration of sociological research, and also the prospect of leading the state educational policy out of the crisis, to sustainable prevention of bureaupathologies in Russian education.

education; sociology of education; education policy; theory of educational policy


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