Iveta Silova

Iveta Silova

Iveta Silova is an Associate Professor and Director of Comparative and International Education program at the College of Education, Lehigh University. Her research and publications cover a range of issues critical to understanding post-socialist education transformation processes in the context of globalization, including gender equity trends in Eastern/Central Europe and Central Asia, minority/multicultural education policies in the former Soviet Union, as well as the scope, nature, and implications of private tutoring in a cross-national perspective. She is the co-editor (with Noah W. Sobe) of a quarterly peer-reviewed journal "European Education: Issues and Studies."

    Iveta Silova and Viktoriia Brezheniuk* Since November 2013, the world has been following the historic protests on EuroMaidan, where mass rallies have been held against President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union (EU). Thousands of Ukrainians – both young and old – took to the streets of Kiev to demand the resignation of Yanukovych and his Government. Carrying both Ukrainian and EU flags, protestors occupied Kiev’s central Independence Square as well as other administrative buildings. ...

With the advent of the market forces in the post-socialist education space, the logic of service provision has become commonplace in schools. For many teachers, “education entrepreneurship” has become a part of the individual and collective professional identity formation. In Lithuania, for example, the 2003 Law on Education codified the concept of a “freelance teacher,” whereby teachers can become licensed to engage in private educational activities on an individual basis. According to the Law, freelance teachers have the right to ...

The collapse of the socialist bloc in 1989 was accompanied by a severe economic decline. This resulted in the decrease of education spending in most countries of Southeast/Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Twenty years later, the global financial crisis has dealt another major blow to the educational systems of the former socialist bloc. As public expenditure on education declined, the share of costs borne by individuals and families has exponentially grown in most countries of the region. The new private ...

Privatisation in public education has become the focus of much-needed analysis, highlighting the ethical dangers associated with education reforms promoting competition, choice, performance management, private-public partnerships, and commercialization in education* However, one of the most widespread (yet mostly invisible) forms of privatisation in public education – private tutoring – has generally remained outside of policy review. Billion-dollar industry According to 2012 estimates, private tutoring constituted a US$11 billion industry in the United States alone. It has become a worldwide phenomenon that ...

While academics and policymakers are debating whether education could be preserved as a public good in the aftermath of the global economic crisis, the business world has a different take on the issue. For private equity investors in the United States, education is first and foremost a lucrative investment opportunity. It is merely a commodity that can be opportunely bought and sold in the growing educational marketplace. On 26 July, the Capital Roundtable (America's leading conference company for the middle-market private ...

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Contributors

  • Frances Vavrus is a Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota and Co-Director of the University's Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of…

  • CURTIS B. RIEP is currently a PhD student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests involve the interdisciplinary study of global…

  • María Luisa Sánchez Simón is an advisor on higher education for the Spanish teachers' federation, FECCOO. At the regional level in Galicia, she is a member of the executive board…

  • Gavin Moodie is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He has published…

  • Faith Boninger is a research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder. She researches and writes about commercial activities in schools. For the past several years she has co-authored CERU’s…

  • Susan Hopgood is the President of Education International, the world’s largest federation of unions, representing 30 million education employees in about 400 organisations across the globe. She is the Federal…

  • Fred van Leeuwen is the General Secretary of Education International. Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe.It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing 30…

  • Jim Baker has held a number of positions in the US and international trade union movements over the last 40 years. His most recent responsibility was seven years of service as…

  • Jelmer Evers is a history teacher in a secondary school and is involved in classroom innovation. Jelmer gives advice, workshops and guest lectures on new forms of pedagogy and is involved…

  • Devin K. Joshi is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University and on leave from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the…

  • Steven J. Klees (sklees@umd.edu) is the R. W. Benjamin Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Maryland. He did his Ph.D. at Stanford University and has taught…

  • Anna Hogan is a lecturer at the University of Queensland. Anna has been researching the role of global edu-business on education policy and practice. She is currently working on projects…

  • Mary Metcalfe has worked in education since 1974. She was elected as a member of the African National Congress in the first democratic elections in 1994 and was appointed as…

  • Lee Nordstrum in an independent education research consultant specializing in education finance, demand for schooling and teacher issues in developing countries.  He has most recently conducted research and consulted for…

  • Vasileios Symeonidis is a research assistant in EI’s Research Unit. He completed his postgraduate studies in International and Comparative Education at Stockholm University in Sweden. His main research interests include…

  • Dion Burns is a research analyst at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). His work focuses on international education and policy. He has previously worked in education…

  • Dr. Burch, Associate Professor of Education at University of Southern California, studies the drivers and manifestations of private involvement (for profit and not for profit) in K-12 education and the…

  • Tanvir Muntasim is the International Policy Manager, Education for ActionAid. His role entails monitoring and engaging with key education related global policy debates, platforms and networks. He previously worked for…

  • madeleine kennedy macfoy works for Education International; her work is mainly focused on the implementation of the EI gender equality action plan.

  • Mathias Urban, PhD, is Professor of Early Childhood, and Director of the Early Childhood Re-search Centre (ECRC) at the University of Roehampton, London, UK, and Chair of the inter-national DECET…