Release:2018, Vol. 2. №4
About the authors:Yuri R. Vishnevskiy, Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Professor, Department of Sociology and Technology State and Municipal Management, Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation); email@example.com
The authors commemorate the anniversary of the famous Russian sociologist Gennady F. Shafranov-Kutsev in this article, studying his concept of modernization of vocational education (precisely, its essence, modernization directions, features, problems, contradictions, and prospects). Using this methodology, the authors plan to deepen the tools and interpretation of the students’ monitoring results in the Sverdlovsk Region (1995-2016). The object of study remained the same at all monitoring stages — the third year university students in the Sverdlovsk Region. During the monitoring and forming the sample, an essential feature was the students’ major field of study: engineering, natural sciences, humanities, and social economics. The sample size reflected the overall growth in the students’ number: N1995 = 851; N1999 = 994; N2003 = 954; N2007 = 1,210; N2009 = 1,495; N2012 = 1,802; N2016 = 1,827. The monitoring material and methods have already been published, discussing the details of analysis and identifying the main trends. This article focuses on mapping the monitoring results to G. F. Shafranov-Kutsev’s modernization concept and Tyumen researchers’ results. Particular interest belongs to the problem of students’ admission into universities, quality of education, formation of innovative potential of future specialists, and the conditions for its actualization. The authors conclude with a proposal for a more in-depth study of the contribution of Ural and Siberian sociologists to the development of the national sociology of education and youth.