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date: 13 October 2019

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The chapter examines globalization and transformational social and economic changes in Russia and their implications for credentialism, learning, and skills training. Some segments of the Russian economy have recognized how knowledge innovation creates wealth. The chapter demonstrates that learning and development are influenced by past and current conditions as well as the potential for future economic development. The chapter shows the extent to which continuous learning is encouraged and supported in the Russian economy.

This chapter evaluates the impact of globalization, social change and economic transformation on adult education and lifelong learning in the Russian Federation. It begins with a brief economic and historical background to lifelong learning and adult education in terms of its significance as a feature of the Russian cultural heritage. An analysis of Ministerial education policy and curriculum changes reveals that these policies reflect neoliberal and neoconservative paradigms in the Russian economy and education between 1992 and 2008.

Keywords: adult education, credentialism, globalization, lifelong learning, Russia, social change

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