Azerbaijan Journal of Educational Studies ("Azərbaycan məktəbi" - in Azerbaijani; "Азербайджанская школа" - in Russian) is a peer-reviewed open-access international academic journal based on theory and pedagogy, published quarterly online by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
For over than 99 years, the journal plays an important role in the issues such as modernizing the education system, enhancing the quality of education, promoting advanced teaching methods and forms, studying and disseminating top practices, presenting the views and ideas of prominent scientists to the society, forming scientific and pedagogical thought. The articles expressing the current issues related to the philosophy and the history of education are published by the members of the scientific community, teachers and psychologists in the journal. According to the decision made by the Supreme Attestation Commission under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the journal is included in the list of publications recommended for the publication of the main results of dissertations.
Each of the rubrics which is rich in illuminating research findings in the journal (Educational Management, Educational Philosophy and Educational Theory, Educational Policy, Curriculum, Educational Technologies, Pedagogy, Educational Sociology, Educational History, Special Education, Teacher Training, Assessment, etc.) endeavors to clarify the conceptual documents such as “State Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Azerbaijan”, “Strategic Roadmap for the National Economic Prospects of the Republic of Azerbaijan”, “Azerbaijan 2030: National Priorities for Socio-Economic Development” with the purpose of obtaining the scientific essence of the results of large-scale reforms carried out in recent times, to make opportunities for the implementation of an international experience, to form the content of pedagogical education, to organize pedagogical training to the students, establishing general education institutions under the conditions of international assessment of primary school students, as well as to determine our educational history.
The History of the Journal
The first volume of the Journal was published in 1924. Between 1924 - 1930 years the name of the Journal was called New School - "Yeni məktəb" , in 1930 - 1943 the Journal was named as “Help to teacher” - "Müəllimə kömək". Since 1943 till nowadays mentioned about academic educational Journal has been published under the name ``Azerbaijan School`` (Azerbaijan Journal of Educational Studies - Eng. (shortened-AJES)) - "Azərbaycan məktəbi" in Azerbaijani. The Journal is the longest-lived academic journal in the history of Azerbaijan press.
For the first time among the former Soviet republics, as a supplement to the "Azerbaijan Journal of Educational Studies", 8 methodical collections were published in various years:
- "Russian language and literature in Azerbaijan" (1947),
- "Teaching of Azerbaijani language and literature" (1954),
- "Teaching of Physics and Mathematics" (1954),
- “Teaching of Chemistry and Biology” (1956),
- "Labor and Polytechnic Training" (1958),
- "Teaching of history, society, geography" (1964),
- "Preschool and Primary Education" (1970),
- "Physical Education at School" (1976)
- Some of mentioned methodological supplements are still published today.
In the early years of Azerbajan`s independence, "Azerbaijan Journal of Educational Studies" experienced several problems and threat of closure. However, thanks to the course of sustainable development established in Azerbaijan by the great leader Heydar Aliyev, as in all areas of education, opportunities and conditions have been created for the stability of the performance of pedagogical media, including the "Azerbaijan Journal of Educational Studies". The journal currently contributes the value into the successful reform process of Azerbaijan's education system. The care and attention paid to education by the state government are also reflected in the published articles. The journal consistently publishes articles on educational reforms, including modern advancement trends.
The partnership with the journal
Well-known figures of scientific and public sphere of Azerbaijan - Bakir Chobanzade, Mammad Said Ordubadi, Abdulla Shaig, Tagi Shahbazi Simurg, Uzeyir Hajibeyov, Mirza Ibrahimov, Mammad Arif, Mammad Jafar, Ashraf Huseynov, Mammadaga Shiraliyev, Abdulazal Demirchizade, Abasgulu Abbaszade, Magsud Javadov, Jumshud Zulfugarli, Mehdi Mehdizade, Ahmad Seyidov, Agammad Abdullayev, Feyzulla Gasimzade, Hamid Arasli, Akbar Bayramov, Budag Budagov, Mardan Muradkhanov, Bashir Ahmadov, Yusif Talibov, Aliheydar Hashimov, Ajdar Aghayev, Abdul Alizade, Huseyn Ahmadov, Nureddin Kazimov, Yahya Karimov and others have already established close cooperation with the journal and conveyed their scientific ideas and pedagogical experience to readers through the journal. In the 70s and 80s of XX century, the "Azerbaijan Journal of Educational Studies" was operating as one of the most influential pedagogical publications throughout the Soviet Union.
The works of outstanding pedagogical scientists of the former Soviet Union such as USSR Minister of Education Mikhail Prokofiev, prominent Russian scientists, academicians Yuri Babansky, Artur Petrovsky, Mirza Mahmutov, Vladimir Adoratsky, Valery Alekseyev, Alexei Bodalyov, Vladimir Favorsky, Ivan Kairov, members of the USSR Academy of Pedagogical Sciences Daniel Elkonin, Alexander Kotalikov, professors Peter Fridolin, Boris Komarovsky, Pavel Jakobson, Mikhail Abramov, Alexei Amossov, Lev Itelson, Nadezhda Krupskaya, scholars as Alexander Makovelsky and Shalva Amanashvili from Georgia were systematically included in the publications of the journal. The leading scientific and pedagogical publications of the Union have consistently quoted the articles published in "Azerbaijan Journal of Educational Studies" and gave a place to the scientific articles on their pages.
Editor-in-chiefs in the journal
The first editor-in-chief of the journal was Mustafa Guliyev (1924-1928). Later, Abbas Sultanov (1928-1929), Kilinjinski (1930), Mikayil Rahimli (1932), Panah Gasimov (1935-1936), Ismail Gasimov (1937-1940), Rustam Huseynov (late 1940), Lalazar Mustafayeva (1941-1943) ), AM Gafarli (1947), Rustam Huseynov (1948-1963), Akbar Mirzayev (1963-1974), Ajdar Agayev (1974-1981), Zahra Aliyeva (1981-2006), Najaf Najafov (2006-2018), Rahil Najaf (2018- 2021) performed as an editor - in - chief in the journal.
Currently, the editor-in-chief of the journal is Arzu Soltan.