OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Repercussions of the Collapse of the Soviet Union on Primary and Secondary Mathematics Education in Russia

TitleRepercussions of the Collapse of the Soviet Union on Primary and Secondary Mathematics Education in Russia
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsLombaer, Jill
Academic DepartmentMathematics
Thesis AdvisorDick, Tom
DegreeHonors Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in Mathematics
Number of Pages42
Date Published06/1999
UniversityOregon State University
CityCorvallis
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordscollapse, mathematics, repercussions, Russia, secondary mathematics education, Soviet Union
Abstract

This paper explores the repercussions of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent political, economic and social changes on primary and secondary mathematics education in Russia. The USSR was reputedly one of the best nations in mathematics. The research for this paper was conducted, largely through interviews and the collection of written materials, to determine if Russia will retain that distinction. The research indicated that the economic crisis resulting from the collapse of the Soviet Union has had negative but temporary repercussions, while the increase in freedom brought about by the change in government has had, and will have, positive long-term effects. Thus, Russia has retained her prestige as one of the leading nations in mathematics and the future of her mathematics education looks even more promising than her past.