This paper summarizes the insights obtained in the course of the proactive educational project "Inclusive Higher School." The goals of the project are to examine the present-day process of inclusive education at the National Research University "Higher School of Economics", as well as to develop a set of recommendations for promoting an enabling learning environment for students with disabilities. This paper briefly describes the main steps of the project, sums up the results of the studies, and analyzes the current degree of disability inclusion at the Higher School of Economics.
This paper presents an analysis of current challenges for inclusive education in Russian universities, discussed problems related to an academic process in the field learning of students with special needs (accessible environment, special tools and technologies for educating disabled people, developing an inclusive culture, etc.).
A field study was performed by experts from the Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics, as part of the Monitoring of Education Markets and Organizations conducted by HSE in cooperation with the Levada Center. Interviews and focus groups were organized with school principals, teachers, students and their parents in three schools teaching the most challenging type of students from low socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, who nevertheless achieve high learning outcomes. This is a follow-up of the 2015 study of environment characteristics, management and education strategies of schools operating in unfavorable social contexts. Such schools are defined as resilient, meaning that they successfully resist the disadvantaged context beyond their control. The schools surveyed differ in the number of students, education programs, and the level of regional deprivation, yet all of them pursue similar strategies that are well-targeted and recognized by all educational process participants. Such strategies include: introducing limited selection and levelling off the student body, imposing high expectations and transparent requirements to learning outcomes, providing individual support and encouragement to students, and developing the skills boosting graduates’ chances of successful socialization. Consistent implementation of these strategies will create conditions to promote academic resilience among students. Studying the experience of such schools appears to be crucial for solving the problem of inequality in education.