Virtual channels of student social self-presentation based on the materials of the LevelPride Internet portal

Release:

2019, Vol. 3. №2

Title: 
Virtual channels of student social self-presentation based on the materials of the LevelPride Internet portal


For citation: Maltseva А. V., Shilkina N. E., Makhnytkina О. V. 2019. “Virtual channels of student social self-presentation based on the materials of the LevelPride Internet portal”. Siberian Socium, vol. 3, no 2, pp. 66-77. DOI: 10.21684/2587-8484-2019-3-2-66-77

About the authors:

Anna V. Maltseva, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Department of Social Analysis and Mathematical Methods on Sociology, Saint Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation); eLibrary AuthorID, ORCID, Web of Science ResearcherID, Scopus AuthorID, Google Scholarannamaltseva@rambler.ru

Natalya E. Shilkina, Dr. Sci. (Soc.), Associate Professor, Department of Sociology of Youth and Social Policy, St. Petersburg University (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation); eLibrary AuthorID, ORCID, Web of Science ResearcherID, Scopus AuthorID, natali.shilkina@rambler.ru

Olesya V. Makhnytkina, Cand. Sci. (Tech.), External Doctorate Student, Department of the Social Analysis and Mathematical Methods in Sociology, St. Petersburg State University (Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation); Associate Professor, Department of Applied Informatics in Economy, Public, and Municipal Administration, Altay State University (Barnaul, Russian Federation); eLibrary AuthorID, ORCID, Web of Science ResearcherID, Scopus AuthorID, olesyamahnitkina@yandex.ru

Abstract:

This article studies the social aspects of students’ self-representation using the virtual information and rating system LevelPride, which allows creating a personal portfolio and rating them. The purpose of this research involves analyzing the usefulness of this resource as one of the ways to integrate and modernize the regional education systems. The latter may lead in the following directions: 1) to motivate students to keep their professional information up to date and to present it effectively; 2) to assess whether the created competences comply with the requirements of contemporary labor market and social expectations. The authors studied the data from LevelPride’s e-portfolios (more than 10,000 user profiles), using descriptive, cluster, and factor analysis. The results show five basic clusters structured according to the students’ social activities and achievements. Based on their preferences in terms of their self-representation, the authors distinguished three types of students. Each of these groups had one accent of self-presentation: “utilitarian”, “professional” or “communicative” — which differed in preferred life success strategies. The problem occurs when students’ self-presentation prevents them from achieving success rather than helps. The authors hope this work will start fruitful discussions in academic and teaching spheres as well as commercial. They also suggest that the provided system of the student’s self-presentation should be introduced at universities on a trial basis.

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