ARPHA Proceedings 3: 1435-1448, doi: 10.3897/ap.2.e1435
Social Capital of the University: Humanitarian Representation in the Era of Digitalization
expand article infoElena Levina, Rimma Gilmeeva, Liutsiia Shibankova
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Abstract
The actuality of this article is caused by the functioning in the modern conditions and search for effective forms of universities’ development in the era of digitalization. Popularization of higher education, a demand for the society radically transformed its mission (development of nation’s intellectual capacity), vision (integration of science, education and innovations) and format (expansion of university’s subjectivity). The goal is to explore the essence, role and growth factors of the university's social capital contributing to its strategic development.The leading research approach of the problem is social-cognitive approach, interpreted by the authors in terms of transformation of personal, professional and social interaction of all actors (participants) of higher education, and its principles (human-conformity as an individual focus of higher education and participation, defining need for responsible actors’ co-partnership in the university activity). Authors defined a university’s social capital as an integral unity of the sustainable, mutual professional inter-relations between education actors, designed to enhance efficiency of educational and research activity.The building blocks of social capital of the educational organization are justified: norms and values, trust and professional social networking, providing conditions for preservation and reproduction of a knowledge system and culture in a synthesis of personal and public requirements. Effective realization of a university’s social capital results in two unique structures – the corporativism, and the professional-corporate identity, essentially revealed by the authors. Components of a formalized assessment university’s social capital condition are defined, and the conditions for their development are found out. The article is intended for university’s heads, teachers, researchers, issuing universities’ strategic development.
Keywords
higher education, university, social capital, digitalization, social-cognitive approach.