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ERIC Number: EJ748659
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
Young People's Orientation to Go into the Engineering Profession
Kanikov, F. K.; Trunkina, O. V.
Russian Education and Society, v47 n10 p60-69 Oct 2005
In the social and professional structure of people who work in the field of mental labor, those who are employed in the engineering professions occupy a key place. However, young people's attitudes toward these professions were definitely adversely affected by negative factors in the 1990s. In the context of the decline in the volume of industrial production and the profitability of many enterprises, massive tendencies emerged reflecting a decline in the demand for engineering, a decline in the relative level of pay, and declining prestige enjoyed by engineering and technical personnel. This article reports the findings of a sociological survey of engineering and technical personnel in Naberezhnye Chelny in 2000. Out of 260 respondents, more than 60 percent expressed dissatisfaction with the role of the engineer in today's industry and with the fact that the creative potential of engineering and technical personnel is not sufficiently in demand. In addition, the analysis of the dynamics of youngsters' professional preferences makes it possible for the authors to conclude that any change in interest in a particular profession has been conditioned by reactions to changes in the social and economic situation in the region: the development of the social sphere and services (as an additional field in which one's abilities can be put to work, skills, and source of income), and stabilization of the situation in industrial enterprises. In sum, the authors conclude that the shaping of young people's orientation toward acquiring the profession of engineer is a complex process entailing many issues. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia