The Uzbek National Tradition in the Pedagogical Practices of Adult Educators


While Uzbekistan strives to preserve its traditional culture and values (for example, respect for elders), interest in modern teaching methods is growing incrementally. This study aims to investigate whether and to what extent the national context affects teaching methods, in particular the interactive methods, which Uzbek professors use for training the civil service talent pool. The study is based on focus groups and content and cluster analysis. The results show that although Uzbek professors acknowledge the importance of the national context, their adult students’ needs and their own pedagogical experience are paramount in their choice of interactive methods. We also found that professors are highly motivated to try new methods, despite the lack of adequate access to cutting-edge resources. Therefore, their professional development should be aimed at improving their teaching qualifications by introducing the latest global trends in instruction methods. Conventional methods have to be revised and complemented with modern ones. This will lead to mutual enrichment between unique and strong Uzbek national traditions in education and contemporary international trends.

Author Biographies

Fairuza S. Ismagilova, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Fayruza S. Ismagilova, Doctor of Science (Psychology), Professor, currently working as a part-time professor at the Chair of General and Social Psychology, Ural Institute of Humanities, Ural Federal University named after B. N. Yeltsin (Yekaterinburg, Russia). She was invited as a guest researcher and a guest professor at the Ljubljana University and the University of Maribor, Republic of Slovenia. She is an author and co-author of more than 40 scientific papers and 3 textbooks. Her research interests focus on behavioural economy (stereotypes of managerial decision making) and work psychology (implicit and explicit criteria of professional efficiency).

Aleksey V. Maltsev, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Aleksey V. Maltsev, Candidate of Science (Biology), Associate Professor at the Chair of General and Social Psychology, Ural Institute of Humanities, Ural Federal University named after B.N. Yeltsin (Yekaterinburg, Russia). Aleksey has been the author of over 20 research publication in the field of life-long learning and on-line learning.

Erkinbai N. Sattarov, Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Erkinbai N. Sattarov, Candidate of Science (Psychology), Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Psychological Support for Prosecutorial Activities of the Academy of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Uzbekistan). The area of his scientific interests covers psychological aspects in forming the personnel reserve of the public service of Uzbekistan based on advanced managerial practices. He has been the author of 12 articles and 3 textbooks.


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How to Cite
Ismagilova, F., Maltsev, A., & Sattarov, E. (2020). The Uzbek National Tradition in the Pedagogical Practices of Adult Educators. Changing Societies & Personalities, 4(2), 172–189. doi:10.15826/csp.2020.4.2.096