Special Issue "Humanities and Social Sciences in Higher Education: Trends and Challenges"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 September 2021.
Interests: cross-cultural communication; science discourse; corpus linguistics; pragmatics; metadiscourse analysis; second language acquisition; methods of esp /eap teaching; punctuation
Interests: e-learning, communication; higher education; students; social media; net communication; academic dishonesty; game; serious game; educational game; interenet
Interests: higher education; foreign language education; second language; English for specific purposes; academic writing; cognitive linguistics
The Special Issue “Humanities and Social Sciences in Higher Education: Trends and Challenges” provides a selection of papers from the 2021 conference “Professional Culture of the Specialist of the Future” held at Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University.
The contributions to this issue are based on the talks and presentations at the conference and focus on contemporary trends and challenges in education. Rapid changes in the modern society and environment induce transformations of educational approaches and teaching strategies. Modern specialists are supposed to have a wide range of various competences and skills which include not only expert knowledge and hard skills but also soft skills, in particular language skills and communication abilities as well as social intelligence and metacognitive skills. Such soft skills would contribute to the professional and personal development of prospective specialists and help them keep pace with the technological development.
The present issue discusses the advances in humanities and social sciences contributing to the comprehensive training of specialists majoring in different disciplines—social sciences and humanities as well as engineering, information technology, physics, life sciences, and many others.
- Innovative learning strategies in foreign language education.
The management of innovation is critically important in foreign language education. Educational reforms in this field indicate that an enhanced understanding and implementation of principles and methods of innovations would make a major contribution to the discipline. The wider field of learning strategies in foreign languages teaching create a basis for innovation in theory and practice.
- Pedagogical design in online learning environment.
Educational contexts and technological resources are important dimensions of the online learning environment. The entire educational endeavor greatly depends on the learning content presentation in the special pedagogical matrix. Therefore the design of the educational track is an important element which determines implementation of the educational goals.
- Modern methods and approaches in higher education.
Methods and approaches are the main components in educational planning and contribute a lot in educational design implementation. Comprehension of modern methods and approaches in higher education could provide identification of the best practices transforming pedagogical reality in its different aspects of development.
- Cross-cultural communication in digital environment.
The past two decades have witnessed an explosion of interest in the use of digital technologies to enable different types of communication, including cross-cultural communication. Computer-mediated communication and collaboration (including the use of video conferences, collaborative blogs, web forums, collaborative Google documents, etc.) are increasingly used along with face-to-face communication and in some cases are a substitute for it. The digital environment presents not only opportunities but also new challenges for the participants of cross-cultural communication and therefore requires specific competences to deal with novel communicative situations.
- Research in social sciences and humanities
The modern education system should combine a variety of functions: to get professional knowledge and skills, to extract negative impulses and destructive behavior, to awaken personal creativity and imagination, to teach responsible roles in society, to provide communication abilities, to develop a global view of the world, and to train operational efficiency and proficiency to make a decision. These aspects are important for cultural socialization of young people in terms of their preparation for future professional activities. Productively designed content of education determines the most important steps of the socialization of a democratic person who is able to perceive different points of view and can solve various professional tasks.
- Applied Linguistics and second language acquisition
Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field which mediates between theoretical linguistics and the practice of language learning and second language acquisition. The integration of theoretical findings and the practice of language learning can enhance the current approaches, techniques, and tools used in foreign language education. Dealing with issues such as the role of communicative situations, sociolinguistic contexts, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, cognitive approaches to the language structure, etc. can contribute to the development of effective learning strategies.
Dr. Tatiana Evtushenko
Dr. Daria Bylieva
Dr. Klochkova Elena
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- soft skills
- language and communication skills
- cross-cultural and socio-cultural communication
- international students
- productive methods in education
- innovative approach
- social sciences and humanities
- digitalization of educational environment
- higher education
- blended learning