BCES International Symposium



30 Years since the fall of the Berlin wall: Educational reforms in Eastern and Central Europe & Eurasia 1989-2019

The Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES) is organizing a pre-conference symposium providing a platform for case studies, international and comparative studies on education in nearly 30 former socialist countries.

It is an excellent opportunity to draw on the data of ILSAs conducted during this period. For example, the IEA’s TIMSS and PIRLS data could help to identify trends in educational achievement after political and social changes in countries, with TIMSS 1995 representing the first time that many former socialist countries participated in an international comparative study.

IEA data also provide an opportunity to research changes in how young people are prepared for their roles as citizens (CIVED 1999, ICCS 2009 and ICCS 2016) and the introduction and development of ICT resources in education systems (SITES 1998, 2001, 2006 and ICILS 2013).

As part of the symposium, Dr. Paulina Korsnakova from IEA is chairing a working group on primary and secondary education & vocational education and training. She can be contacted at p.korsnakova@iea.nl for getting further information or discussing potential submissions.

Dates and deadlines

  • Pre-conference event dates: 10 - 11 June 2019
  • Abstracts and paper submission deadline: 15 February 2019
  • BCES symposium dates: 11 - 14 June 2019


Pomorie, Bulgaria