Evaluation of the Semantic Dynamics of Educational Space of University in the Process of Nurturing Critical Thinking in Students of Liberal Arts and Sciences Programme

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Abstract

The study is devoted to the analysis of the connotative dynamics of the concepts describing the educational space of university in students of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programme who took a course in “Thinking and Writing”. The hypothesis tested was that there would be a dynamic trend towards greater differentiation and individualization of concepts "student", "learning" and "training group" in the experimental group as compared to the control sample. The participants (152 students, including 126 females and 26 males aged from 17 to 23, M = 17.91, SD = 0.79) evaluated these concepts using the Semantic Differential Scale before and after the course. It was found (p <0.10 ÷ 0.05) that in the experimental sample the connotations for "student" showed an increase in imagery and subjective evaluation component, and the concept "learning" was assessed as less hostile and more diverse. In turn, the connotative dynamics of the meanings for "training group" was similar to that of the control group. The obtained results are of primary interest in the context of shaping the students’ learning motivation and can be employed in comparative studies of the effects produced by conceptually different educational programs.

General Information

Keywords: dynamics of connotative meanings, semantic space, semantic dynamics, learning space, Liberal Arts and Sciences programme

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/pse.2018230404

For citation: Polyanina O.I., Baleva M.V., Shevkova E.V. Evaluation of the Semantic Dynamics of Educational Space of University in the Process of Nurturing Critical Thinking in Students of Liberal Arts and Sciences Programme. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2018. Vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 41–51. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2018230404. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Olga I. Polyanina, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Developmental Psychology, Philosophical and Sociological Faculty, Perm State University, Perm, Russia, e-mail: helgapol72@gmail.com

Milena V. Baleva, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General and Clinical Psychology, Department of Developmental Psychology, Perm State University, Perm, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7334-3635, e-mail: milenabaleva@yandex.ru

Elena V. Shevkova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General and Clinical Psychology, Philosophical and Sociological Faculty, Perm State University, Perm, Russia, e-mail: eshevkova@gmail.com

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