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ERIC Number: EJ748446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
Transformation of the Functions of Higher Education, and the Social Positions of College Students
Boiko, Leonid I.
Russian Education and Society, v46 n8 p54-65 Aug 2004
This article reports the findings of a study examining the connection between the evolution of functions of higher education under current conditions and shifts in the positions of college students. The empirical base consists of the findings of the sociological monitoring of the social behavior and motivations of college students, conducted since 1995 in the North Caucasus Scientific Research Institute of Economic and Social Problems, Rostov State University. Even though the findings characterize Rostov State University students, they have correlated consistently with similar findings from other institutions of higher learning, in particular the classical universities. The findings of the study include: (1) There were substantial differences in social and professional orientations within the college student community; (2) There were substantial discrepancies in the indicators of young people's mobility as early as the first levels of general education; and (3) It was characteristic of the development of higher education that differences between higher educational institutions were becoming increasingly widespread in terms of basic indicators of their cadre potential and the organization and possibilities of the schooling process and scientific research, and, consequently, the quality of specialist training. In addition, data from the study show that the new social characteristics that are intrinsic to the way of life of college students and their system of values can be clearly seen. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia