ERIC Number: EJ783199
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
The Integration of Education, Science, and Production: An Experiment in Practical Decision Making
Ishchenko, V.; Sazonova, Z.
Russian Education and Society, v49 n10 p70-85 Oct 2007
In an era in which time is more compressed than it has ever been before, the life cycle of any innovation is extremely brief, and an unexpected, bold idea that is quickly put to work in the sphere of virtual reality can result in a "super-breakthrough" in the world of new industrial technologies. In order to accomplish cutting-edge technological tasks it is essential to provide for the appropriate training of specialists, based on the integration of education, science, and production. Today's engineers have to pursue the accomplishment of multicriterial tasks; they have to single out, on a well-reasoned basis, the factors that are the most important, model the options that are possible in principle, and select those that are to be given priority on the basis of scientifically substantiated and morally permissible criteria. The quality of the results of the intellectual endeavors of college students, work that is designed to make them ready to engage in creative, innovative professional activity, is very definitely affected by the level of the use of general, interdisciplinary technological knowledge in the learning process. The question of systematizing information that is difficult to formalize is of general importance. It is relevant not only in the sphere of technical education but also in numerous fields of scientific and production activity, where the concentration of common interests leads to raising of the level of integration of the "education--science--production" system. Solving the problem of systematizing information that is of different kinds requires the formulation of an appropriate methodology. In solving problems that have to do with the implementation of the interdisciplinary training of engineers, a methodology for systematizing interdisciplinary information has been tested successfully. This article describes this methodology which is based on the formation of decision-making data bases (DMDB). The results achieved in this field can be used effectively not only to accomplish tasks of production but also to deal with problems of continuous education.
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Engineering, Technical Education, Foreign Countries, Interdisciplinary Approach, Engineering Education, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Databases, Science Education
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Russia