9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN10 Sociology of Education

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Structural Conditions of Education II Building I, 2E6

Revolutionary change or imitation? Social context of educational change in Poland

Rapid change observed in temporary educational system in Poland suggests revolution. From vocationally oriented changed it´s appearance into academically driven system. The paper is aimed to examine the social and economical conditions of this change and furthermore the consequences of the process. At the first site it can be taken as an indicator of modernization and convergence of Polish social and economical system to the western one. But closer look and analysis shows rather imitated character of the change - mechanical change of labels rather deep redefinition of structures and functions. What is interesting, even if this change has have imitative character, one way or another, affects the social system and can be a very important part of re-constitution of the whole social structure.
The paper is devoted to:
1) presentation of the changes in contemporary Polish educational system
2) brief history of the social change in post-soviet Poland as the context for the change in education
3) (potential) consequences of educational change for social structure.