Elena Aydarova

Elena Aydarova
Auburn University | AU · Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology

Associate Professor, Auburn University

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Introduction
I examine transformations in the work of teachers, teaching, and teacher education through the lens of equity, diversity, and social justice. My scholarship focuses on the circulation of policies and practices that seek to transform the teaching profession and the professional preparation it requires in various contexts around the world. In my studies, I analyze ideological contestations, cultural transformations, and political struggles in the midst of teacher education reforms.
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August 2010 - August 2015
Michigan State University
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (43)
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In the 2000s, the Russian Ministry of Education introduced educational modernization reforms built on neoliberal principles. This critical ethnographic study examines how the memories of the Soviet past are being re-narrated to assess the current educational reforms. I use Bakhtin's theory of historical becoming to analyze how the vestiges of the p...
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Globalization’s heightened connections have profound implications for not just what scholars think teaching should entail or how they envision it, but also how to perceive and interpret teaching. This chapter examines international research on teachers, teaching, and teacher education in the context of globalization from a discursive perspective, v...
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Around the world, countries undertake teacher education reforms in response to international norms and assessments. Russia has been no exception. Elena Aydarova develops a unique theatrical framework to tell the story of a small group of reformers who enacted a major reform to modernize teacher education in Russia. Based on scripts circulated in gl...
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In the 2010s, teacher education witnessed the rise of accountability regimes. Studies examining efforts to introduce teacher preparation accountability focused predominantly on federal or state actors, leaving the involvement of intermediary organizations in the construction of these regimes largely underexplored. To address this gap, I analyze non...
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Background In recent years, intermediary organizations have increasingly influenced educational policy. Among other proposals, they have promoted teacher education redesign based on technocratic values and stringent accountability measures. In response to these policy changes and the intensifying crisis in the teaching profession, teacher educators...
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Teacher education has long been considered the provenance of national governments. With a shift in the roles of states, regional coalitions, and international organizations, new policy actors have begun to influence teacher education reforms. One element of this shifting governance is the role of intermediary organizations (IO) – think tanks, nonpr...
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Warren and Venzant Chambers (2020) raised an important concern about the marginalization and elimination of social foundations of education in educator preparation. Yet, their focus on “an essential tripartite coalition of disciplinary perspectives” encapsulated in sociology, history, and philosophy runs counter the interdisciplinary nature of soci...
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Drawing on the analysis of discursive shifts in the constructions of teachers’ roles during the twentieth century in the Russian Federation, this paper argues that pedagogy becomes redefined based on the political elites’ vision for the society’s future. During the Soviet era, teachers were expected to play a key role in social transformation. In o...
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Scholars have long urged teacher educators to engage in policy advocacy and to respond to mounting attacks on the teacher education field. Prior research has shown that teacher educators feel largely unprepared to participate in policy debates. This observation raises the question of how those who do engage in advocacy learn to navigate the contest...
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In the context of neoliberal reforms, teacher education policy discourses have shifted away from social justice imperatives toward technocratic approaches. I examine these shifts by applying the tools of critical policy and discourse analysis to accreditation standards and other policy texts of the last decade. Using Marcuse’s theory of one-dimensi...
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This ethnographic story explores fiction‐making in the context of audit cultures and accountability regimes. Based on a critical multi‐sited ethnography conducted between 2011 and 2015 in the Russian Federation, this composite narrative draws on eighty interviews, casual conversations, and observations at several universities. It documents how educ...
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As attacks on teacher education mount, teacher educators have been urged to take a more active part in policy deliberations. Yet the question of how teacher educators get their voices heard in policy contexts that are not receptive to their expertise remains underinvestigated. This qualitative case study addresses this gap by exploring the work of...
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International organisations facilitated the spread of competency-based reforms around the world. Accepting at face value correlations between students’ performance on international assessments, such as PISA, and nations’ economic development, reformers in different countries began to adopt competency-based standards to improve the quality of educat...
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Critical policy analysis examining how powerful actors use educational policies to reproduce unequal social structures presents many challenges. These challenges are amplified by the politics of spectacle, where duplicity comes to dominate how educational policies are conceptualized, presented to the public, and subsequently enacted. The pursuit of...
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Aikuisten järjestämiin poliittisiin toimintoihin, kuten kommunististen puolueiden pioneeriliikkeisiin tai kesällä järjestettyihin työleireihin, osallistuminen oli keskeinen osa lasten elämää sosialistisissa yhteiskunnissa. Tässä artikkelissa tarkastelemme henkilökohtaisten muistitarinoidemme kautta lasten jokapäiväisen poliittisen elämän neuvottelu...
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Social justice research most often focuses on the voices, experiences, and practices of underserved and marginalized groups. While this focus produces important insights, it disregards the actions of those in power who create and maintain systems of inequality and injustice in the first place. To address this gap, this chapter examines methodologic...
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In a policy climate where various actors claim to have solutions for the enduring challenges of teacher education, policy deliberations sideline certain voices and omit important perspectives. This special issue brings together scholars who attend to the voices, perspectives, and issues overlooked by teacher education policy debates dominated by ma...
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In the policy climate where various actors claim to have the solutions for the enduring challenges of teacher education, policy deliberations sideline certain voices. This introduction to the special issue explores policy contestations surrounding teacher education and highlights some of the perspectives overlooked by policy debates. It lays out ne...
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Official politics in children’s lives during socialism took various forms, ranging from school curriculum, youth organizations, and celebrations in everyday life. Drawing on current scholarship about children’s politics and our collective biography research, we explore the everydays of childhood—from mundane to ideological—to make visible the multi...
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Most research on global transformations in education has focused on the actions of political and economic elites. As a result, attempts to contest and subvert globally circulated policies at subnational levels have received less attention. To address this gap, this study focuses on discursive contestations around educational reforms in the United A...
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After completing my fieldwork in July of 2014, I was only able to open my field notebooks in December of that year. The emotional and psychological hardships I experienced during my year-long ethnographic research in the Russian Federation made the task of returning to my carefully kept narrative accounts a painful and dreadful chore. In my study,...
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Research on second language teacher education (SLTE) has focused on the processes, practices, and contexts of teachers’ learning to teach. The interaction between SLTE and the broader sociopolitical processes has received less attention. To address this gap, the author explores how SLTE programs in Russia have become positioned at the intersections...
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Teacher recruitment and retention are often examined as technical problems that can be solved by providing teachers with incentives, evaluations, or more practical initial preparation. This paper proposes a reconceptualization of pre-service teachers’ flight from the profession. By applying Lefebvre’s (1991) theory of space to the analysis of ethno...
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In the past twenty years, Russian education has undergone transformations under the influence of global discourses. In this ethnographic study, I draw on Bakhtin’s (1981) theory of dialogue to examine how actors respond to these transformations. The purpose of my study is threefold: to document the emic perspectives on the changes, to reconstruct t...
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By examining why nations borrow policy discourses, research on transfer has overlooked the implementation of transferred educational practices, models, or curricula. This study attempts to bridge this gap by examining the transfer and implementation of teacher education curricula in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Based on interviews with teacher e...
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During the second half of the twentieth century, teacher education was seen primarily as the responsibility of the nation state because it was an integral part of preparing national citizens. The role of teacher education was to prepare preservice teachers to pass on to the next generation national culture and traditions, as well as the skills and...
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