Transformative Role of Work-Integrated Learning in Industrial and Post-Industrial Society: The Russian Experience

  • Natalya TotskayaEmail author
  • Natalia A. Bogdanova
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


This paper takes a look at historical trends and patterns of work-integrated education in Russian Federation as it transitions from planned to market economy. Prior literature and historical data on using “factory-to-college” educational system in planned Soviet economy illustrate the unique approach to integrating experiential learning into higher education. The methods of experiential teaching and learning have played the pivotal role in setting the pace of Soviet industrial development in 1920–1970s. Yet the system of work-integrated education had to be changed during the post-Soviet economic deregulation. The transition into market model of socio-economic development, and Russia’s integration into global economy called for new methods of work-integrated education. Implications of this change included the growing number of service-oriented programs, the earlier introduction of experiential learning, and the broader set of knowledge and skills offered to students.


Experiential learning Project work Socio-economic development Industrialization Integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laurentian UniversitySudburyCanada
  2. 2.Siberian University of Consumer CooperationNovosibirskRussia

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