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Изменения в структуре ценностей студенческой молодежи в начале XXI века
Changes in the Structure of Values of the Student Youth in the Early 21st Century

Author(s): Bulat Salyamovich Alishev
Subject(s): Higher Education , Evaluation research, Sociology of Education
Published by: Казанский (Приволжский) федеральный университет
Keywords: values; value preferences; structure of values; changes in structure of value preferences; students; boys; girls;

Summary/Abstract: This paper discusses changes in the value preferences of Russian students that have taken place from 2000 to 2016. The relevance of the study is determined by the absence of any corresponding data in the domestic science. The purpose of the study is to determine the extent to which the structure of value preferences of students changes with time. This problem is solved with the help of a technique developed in 1999 and used repeatedly by the author of this paper and other researchers as well. The paper provides empirical data to prove the following findings. Firstly, changes in the structure of value preferences of students analyzed in two time intervals (2000–2008 and 2008–2016) are differently directed. Some of these changes that emerged in the first interval disappeared by the second interval, but the second interval was also marked by new changes. Secondly, differences in the dynamics of value preferences between male and female students are pronounced and fit into the overall trend. Thirdly, the general trend is that there was a reorientation in the value preferences of students from 2000 to 2016: the role of common social and economic values became less important, while the role of values associated with microsocial connections and relations increased. The latter result, which characterizes the general essence of changes in the value preferences of students, is the key one. Based on the results obtained during the study, it is concluded that even fundamental value preferences can change over a long period of time (with regard to young age groups). However, fundamental value preferences are less dynamic compared to more specific value preferences. The results and conclusions of this study are crucial for understanding the processes taking place in the public consciousness of students.

  • Issue Year: 158/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 929-940
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Russian