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Narrative Analysis of Institutional Traps of Education and Science in Russia

Narrative Analysis of Institutional Traps of Education and Science in Russia

Journal of Institutional Studies, , Vol. 11 (no. 1),

For last 30 years Russian science and education system has been experiencing constant, profound institutional transformation in order to increase the quality of education, it's access ability and with a point to encrease the effectiveness of science. This article is devoted to the attempt to analysis the results of undertaken reforms and evaluating the quality of economic institutions which coordinate the order of market agents of researching field. The analysis of narratives approach was chosen with the intention for estimating the quality of reforms undertaken. Narratives are defined to be stories in direct speech of actors themselves of researching field: professors, students, Master’s and graduated students of all forms of education, as soon as scientists and researchers of universities and research institutes and different levels of responsibility and competencies administrators. The "Integrum" database taken as the main source of information for searching for narratives. This informational base consists of 1250 Russian newspapers (federal and regional) and 500 journals which help us to select 250 narratives (stories in direct speech) of people who are directly involved in transformational process of education system and science being studied. The obtained results pointed out the number of stable ineffective rules and practices which have a negative impact on our researching area functioning and also made it possible to classify out a few groups of institutional traps such as: metric's trap, trap of raising level of bureacracy, trap of shortage of finansing, electronization and digitalization trap and trap of staff capacity. Each determined trap reflected in the article is also pointed out and argued with selected narratives.


Keywords: institution; institutional transformation; institutional trap; narrative; narrative analysis; science and higher education sphere

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