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ERIC Number: EJ804748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
On the Possibility of Acquiring Humanities Competencies in an Institution of Higher Learning
Mes'kov, V.; Tatur, Iu.
Russian Education and Society, v50 n6 p37-56 Jun 2008
The purpose of the present study is to monitor the opinions of the education community in regard to the felt need for humanities competencies and the possibilities of acquiring them in an institution of higher learning: How does the community perceive the real demand for humanities knowledge and skills? How does it rate the degree to which these educational demands are being met by the general humanities and socioeconomic disciplines [GHSE] cycle, and what changes does it consider desirable and justified in the structure of the cycle? As the target audience, college students and instructors were selected as being directly involved with the disciplines of the GHSE cycle in their learning and professional activity. Looking at the issue from the point of view of the active subjects of educational relations will make it possible to supplement the conclusions of recent surveys. This article addresses questions that arise in interpreting the study results and offers preliminary conclusions and recommendations. The survey was conducted by a working initiative group of the Intercollegiate Center for Information Support of Humanities Education, Russian Federation Ministry of Education and Science, under the Russian State University of the Humanities based in intercollegiate centers of humanities education from May through October 2005. A total of 4,500 respondents were surveyed (4,000 students and 500 instructors in twenty-eight colleges and universities located in seven federal districts). The article presents a detailed description of the study, enabling community members to repeat it and draw their own conclusions. We are confident that the results will be similar to those presented here. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia