Special Issue "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Professional Culture in a Changing Environment——Selected Papers from Professional Culture of the Specialist of the Future)"
A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 June 2019).
The Special Issue “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Professional Culture in a Changing Environment” provides a selection of papers from the November 2019 conference “Professional Culture of the Specialist of the Future” at Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University.
The main focus of the conference and of the Special Issue concerns the education, in the sense of Bildung, of professional engineers, medical practitioners, or academic teachers under changing social and technological conditions—which range from new dimensions of multilingualism to new responsibilities of professionals in society. Broadly understood, Bildung concerns the formation both of personal character and of public persona, as well as the relation of these inner and outer aspects of professional culture. As such, it may include but goes well beyond curricular development or the use of technologies in the lecture hall.
- For the professional specialist in contemporary society, how important is the attitude of sober detachment as opposed to the development of personality or charisma—and is the charismatic professional an agent of the common good or an entrepeneurial visionary? Depending on how these questions are answered at different times and in different settings, this entails different demands on educational practice.
- The question of multilingualism moves far beyond the command of a second language, mostly English. It nowadays requires the cultural competence to navigate situations in which three or more languages are spoken that one does not command.
- Current trends in economic dynamic, communication practice, legislation, and legal practices require the formation of a number of soft skills and competencies that a specialist should have to meet the rapidly changing requirements of the global socio-cultural environment.
- The issues of the early childhood education or upbringing of a modern specialist are of particular importance, since this area of vital activity of a modern person has a great influence on the development of his or her professional growth and personal socially significant inner qualities.
- In nuclear power plants but also in very ordinary factories, hospitals, and logistics companies, questions of safety and security have proliferated to include the failure of components, material fatigue, the qualification and readiness of personnel, threats of terrorism, data protection, the adequacy and enforcement of protocols, the readability and reliability of data outputs, and much more. Accordingly, questions of safety and security cannot be delegated to safety engineers but become part of the professional „safety culture“. This is just one example of how the scope of vision and responsibility is widening for specialists of the present and future. Again, this implies considerable challenges also to the educational process.
- There are many other, similary challenging requirements on specialists—having to do, for example, with a technological literacy that prepares for workplace transformations that are yet to come.
Prof. Andrey V. Grinev
Prof. Alfred Nordmann
Prof. Anna V. Rubtsova
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- professional education
- professional culture
- professional competence
- higher education
- soft skills
- educational technology.