A missing link? Contemporary insights into principal preparation and training in Russia
Over the last decade, the Russian education system has undergone significant transformation that has radically changed the expectations placed upon the school principals. This current reform process has placed far greater responsibilities and accountabilities upon principals to secure school effectiveness and improved student learning outcomes. This article offers some insights into the way in which principals in Russia are currently prepared and trained. It outlines initial quantitative findings from Russian principals, as part of a contemporary, large-scale empirical study of principal leadership preparation and training. The emerging empirical evidence highlights that the new principal standards and training requirements in Russia reinforce ‘managerial approaches’ that are not necessarily meeting the needs of principals.
 7System Leadership Study (7SLS)
In this paper, we present the analysis of existing learning needs and motivations of educational organizations in the realities of the contemporary systemic changes in the educational environment of the Russian Federation. The theoretical basis of the research was the work of researchers of the concepts of knowledge management (knowledge management), human resources management (human resources management), organization theory and management practices, as well as sociology. The methodological and instrumental base was the mathematical analysis of sociological data processing, one-dimensional and two-dimensional descriptive analysis with the use of regression, factor and cluster analysis, which allowed to obtain five factors of qualification deficiencies and three groups of motives for the formation of educational requests. The results of the research work were the identification of weak and strong current competencies of managers of educational organizations. Identified educational programs meet the identified learning needs of managers. The main aim of this paper is to solve the problem of management accounting and the effectiveness of professional interaction of managers in the transition to project activities in order to obtain additional resources for the development of the educational organization.
The article presents a description of modern system of professional training in Russia. The system is now under reforms and is characterized by a number of contradictions, which is typical of any dynamically developing field.
The article deals with basic specific institutional features of professional training in coordinated and liberal economies. The author thinks that the specifics of labor market institutes have become one of the basic factors that shape models of professional training. One of the principle directions of evaluation of these models is checking whether they are up to challenges of the modern economy. The mechanisms of providing of education services in various countries is primarily determined by the choice of funding sources, the ratio between general and specialized knowledge, and specifics of the knowledge certification systems.
Materials of the scientific investigations discussed at plenary session and sections of the international scientific and practical conference "Social Innovations in Development of the Labour Relations and Employment in the XXI Century" are presented in the collection (on September 15-16, 2014, Nizhny Novgorod, NNGU of N. I. Lobachevsky). The book is intended for researchers, teachers, graduate students and students, practical developers. The publication is prepared within a joint grant of the Russian Humanitarian Scientific Fundation and the Government of the Nizhny Novgorod Region "For the 25 anniversary of sociological education in the Volga region: social innovations in development of the labor relations and employment in the XXI century" (No. 14-13 - 52501).
The problematic of self-organising and development of a person in formation is analyzed in the article from the point of systematic and methodological and reflective-psychological positions. The role of reflexion in self-organisation of students is studied, various levels of a self-reflexion are differentiated, and their interaction as the backbone factor of self-organising of consciousness of a person in problematic conflict situation is characterized. Diagnostic and developing reflective technologies of activization and self-organisation of students' personalities in the course of vocational training by means of reflective dialogue and reflective polilogue.
Examines the legal characteristics of the right to education and right to work in Russia, correlated concepts of vocational training, retraining and advanced training. The author reveals the peculiarities of student contract, and analyzed the basic guarantees and compensation in case of passing of professional retraining. The author proposes several new definitions.