G. P. Ivanova, O. K. Logvinova

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN THE MODERN UNIVERSITY: SOCIO-PEDAGOGICAL APPROACH

Abstract:

The article focuses on the issue of students’ extracurricular activity organization and management in the modern university within the context of socio-pedagogical approach. Scientific interest in this subject is connected with the role of extracurricular activities in the development of modern students’ professionally important qualities and their professional competence. The significance and potential of this type of activity in professional training is emphasized. The authors consider the intrinsic and informative characteristic of the concept "extracurricular activities", its correlation with social function of the modern higher education institution. Extracurricular activity, realized in the context of socio-pedagogical approach, assumes purposeful use of social environment opportunities as additional pedagogical tool to influence students’ identity, the support of conditions of effective social education, creative self-realization, social activity development, successful social development of the personality. Attention is focused on the theoretical and methodological bases of socio-pedagogical approach defining other se-mantic nature of the modern educational process necessary for professional training at the level of higher education. Modern socio-pedagogical approach understanding in pedagogical science includes: basic concepts, principles of activities, methods of educational activities. Specifics of socio-pedagogical approach implementation in extracurricular activities in higher education institution are revealed. This approach assumes the organization of extracurricular activities based on the society and its educational potential through establishment of interaction with social institutionû, students’ involvement into socially important activities and in the social relations, the formation of person’s social needs and the development of social abilities. Special attention is paid to the analysis of educational potential of higher education institution which is considered as the internal resource capable to optimize the process of extracurricular activities organization and to increase its efficiency. The authors present the results of a pilot study, which reflect most significant types of extracurricular activities for university teachers and their motivation of the involvement in it. The article discusses the experience of RUDN University based on implementation of the program of additional professional education for the tutors, who accompany extracurricular activities in this higher education institution. The researches proves the value of mentoring – socially important volunteer activities allowing to solve the problems of low academic performance and to give support to foreign students within their socio-cultural and academic adjustment in the new educational environment. The need of research and development of adequate forms of interaction between modern higher education institution and social institutions and society in general is justified; the priority directions of further research are defined.

About the autors:

Galina Pavlovna Ivanova (1), Doctor of Education Sciences, Professor of the Department for Psychology and Pedagogy, Philological Faculty; Olga Konstantinovna Logvinova (2), Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department for Psychology and Pedagogy, Philological Faculty

Place of employment:

People’s Friendship University of Russia (1,2)

Contacts:

e-mail: ivanova_gp@rudn.university (1); e-mail: logvinova_ok@rudn.university (2)

Key words:

extracurricular activity; professional education; socio-pedagogical approach; potential of society; university educational potential