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ERIC Number: EJ898494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
The Economic Consciousness and Value Orientations of Graduates of the Higher Educational Institutions of Latgalia [Latvia]
Voronov, Viktor Vasil'evich
Russian Education and Society, v52 n9 p78-88 Sep 2010
This article is devoted to an analysis of the economic consciousness and current orientations of the graduates of higher educational institutions of the Latgalia region of Latvia, which shares borders with Pskov oblast in Russia and with Belarus and Lithuania. Latgalia, part of the Pskov and Vitebsk gubernias of the Russian state for about a century and a half, is distinguished from other regions of the country by the prominence of its Slavic mentality. The empirical base for the analysis consisted of the data from a sociological survey of the graduates of higher educational institutions in Latgalia, carried out in the summer of 2008 by the Center for Economic Projects of the Institute of Social Research at the University of Daugavpils. One of the objectives of the survey was to determine the extent to which the young people's perceptions of (1) "the ways to achieve success in life" are in accord with (2) the means by which to achieve that success that are predominant in Latvian society. The author's analysis of the answers showed that there was no significant difference between them with respect to a number of considerations. In the answers of the majority there is a discernible, stable correlation between their aspirations and the means by which to achieve success in life (professional training, high qualifications, good health). At the same time, there is a discernible ambivalence in their economic consciousness: a simultaneous perception of haphazard external means of achieving success in life and means of active endeavor. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Latvia