Folk pedagogy

Project coordinator: Yana Kozmina

Duration of the project: 2012.

About the research

In contemporary Russian children are the object of responsibility for a number of agencies besides their own family: child therapists, schools, commission on children/minors at risk, shelters/hospices, sport/music schools, crises-centers for families, social workers, and many others. Besides the practices from these agencies, parents have access to the number of various patterns of child breeding and education. If their own experience of being educated and/or experience of their friends isn’t enough, they can address to the literature or specialists on family psychology and relations.

However, today in Russia there is no systematic conception on the pedagogical ideas and principles, which parents and other agencies take as instructions for the child breeding and education. Studies, conducted in other countries, demonstrate, that these “naïve”/folk theories of education have significant influence upon what kind of “grown ups” we have in the result.

Aims of the research:

  • To describe the elements of pedagogies (conception of a child, patterns of education, ends of education and methods of their obtaining)
  • To describe the ways the educators use to justify their own (folk) pedagogies