Analysis of Vocational Education and Training in Ukraine Since the Soviet Era
Family and Consumer Sciences
Purpose: to explore how VET in Ukraine has changed since the Soviet era; to determine its structure, successes, and challenges.
Methodology: conducted interviews at 7 universities, 15 vocational schools, and 6 ancillary institutions in Ukraine.
Findings: Ukraine is struggling to establish itself as an independent, modern country; education includes elements from the Soviet era and contemporary European practices; the VET system is taking on the state-regulated bureaucratic model; it has mixed success mainly due to economic development; social support for secondary students is very strong.
Implications: Since Ukraine will eventually be a key player in international relations, it is important for scholars to understand how the VET system is developing.
Originality: provides an in-depth view of VET in this once closed country which is now susceptible to influence from Russia and Europe.
Acknowledgment: This article is the result of a project funded by the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award of Western Michigan University which supported the travel related to the research.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Zinser, Richard, "Analysis of Vocational Education and Training in Ukraine Since the Soviet Era" (2015). Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA). 57.