ARPHA Proceedings 1: 751-756, doi: 10.3897/ap.1.e0713
Life Values of Today’s Young University Students: Problems of Teacher Education
expand article infoYekaterina V. Vedeneyeva, Yulia V. Chestyunina, Irina A. Trushina
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Abstract
What makes this research relevant is the changes in the society’s and an individual’s value space, which affect the young the most, as the youth is more dynamic and sensitive to social changes, to changes in the society’s ideology and values. This research is aimed at addressing the problem of transforming the modern teacher education in the context of changes in the young students’ life values. The basic method behind the research is the Schwartz Value Survey, which in this case involved 120 boys and girls aged 19 to 24. Analysis of the younger generation’s values shows that none of the Schwartz-stated universal values is crucial for young people. What is noteworthy is not the hierarchy of values but the universal values being below average on the scale, although Schwartz (1992) considers them the primary drivers of life. On the one hand, the research results suggest that young people struggle the most to cope with the socio-economic and political changes taking place in the society, as the youth does not yet have a well-established worldview or a stable system of values, which renders many young people to experience apathy and indifference towards themselves and others. On the other hand, traditional methods, measures, and values cannot be used as a proper reference to understand a young person unless their life values, which do not fit the familiar views and belief, are well-represented. One of the major challenges of the modern teacher education is to find ways and approaches to understanding the core values of the youth, to help the youth shape such life values what would fit the modern realities.
Keywords
values, teacher education, life values, the younger generation, young students, youth.