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Strategic priorities for development of education in the context of European integration of Ukraine: will the educational reform become the key to successful reforms in Ukraine in general?


Paper dwells uponthe issue of trust in the national education system as an integral performanceindicator of the educational sector reformation and the reflection of the social system itself. The author reflects onthe issues that now concern nearly every representative of education and research sector. Is it possible to reform theeducational and scientific sphere in the situation of lack of trust between the parties and nihilism that prevails insociety regarding the educational reform? What causes distrust to the national education system from itsparticipants–subjects of the educational process and citizens?

What are the most important indicators of thequality of education? What is the public inquiry on the quality of educational services? What fills education with areal practical sense? This analysis serves as an interpretative filter for modern transformation of the educationalsystem, including the factors hindering its integration into the European educational space, and strategic prioritiesof its development inthe context of European integration of Ukraine. Based on the results of the nationwiderepresentative surveys, conducted by ISPP NAPS of Ukraine, paper highlights the opinions and assessments of thesituation in the area of education. In particular, author suggests the trend analysis of attitudes of the educationalprocess subjects towards the national education system, its accessibility and quality. Author traced change vectorsfor public request on the educational services quality, their connection to the practical activities. It is shown that theeducational sector in Ukraine is marching through reforms, which practical importance is perceived by the majorityof citizens rather as a mediocre one, “on general level”.

At the same time public formed a clear request for correspondence of the education quality with the modern challenges: citizens expect to link the knowledge gainedwith the real practice and the needs of the labor market; they have expressed readiness for lifelong learning; theyrequire bringing Ukrainian diplomas to European standards, etc. However, if critically assessing the currentsituation in education, most citizens consider that the integration of the national education system to European education space today is the medium-term objective that should be solved in the future.

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