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The Psychology and Pedagogy Department for professional and personal growth of Psychological Faculty of St. Petersburg State University

The University plays a special role in the history of national psychology: it is here where the teaching of psychology as a science began for the first time in Soviet educational institutions. In 1850, professor of theology, A.I. Raikovsky, started to teach logic and experimental psychology. It was in Saint Petersburg University the defence of the first master dissertation in Russia on scientific psychology “Modern schools of science of soul” (1866) took place. Its author was M.I. Vladislavlev, who later became the Dean of the Historical and Philological Department (a Psychological Faculty did not exist at that time), and then in 1887: Chancellor of the University.

I.M. Setchenov and I.P. Pavlov, who greatly influenced the development of national and world psychology, graduated from Saint Petersburg University and remained there to teach.

On December 6th, 1965 the Ministry of higher and special secondary education of the Russian Federation adopted the decision to organize a psychological faculty (on the base of the philosophical faculty department). In 1966, the Psychological Faculty welcomed its first students. The faculty included a Pedagogy Department, Department of General Psychology and also two newly created departments: of Ergonomics and Engineering Psychology and Social Psychology.

The formation of modern psychology in our country began with the development of branch psychological disciplines and the forming of a practical psychology sphere. First they was engineering and then social psychology. Initially the university psychology centers turned out to be not only centers of academic psychology, but also centers of practical psychology, both in scientific research and in preparation of personnel.

As scientific potential was being accumulated and outward conditions were being “formed”, the field of psychological problems was being broadened; practical tasks were becoming more complicated. This certainly caused differentiation of separate branches and fields inside psychological science. Opening new departments and specialization was an adequate reflection of these processes in the system of preparing specialist-psychologists. The fact remains that psychology entered new spheres of human knowledge and the practice lead to the opening of new departments and laboratories at the base of the faculty.

In 1997, the Psychology and Pedagogy Department for personal and individual growth was opened. In this department the following disciplines and branches of psychological science are taught: psychology teaching methodology, pedagogy, historical and modern schools of pedagogy, forming and growth of personality, methodology and methods of social psychological research, the development of personality concepts, the psychology of aggression, modern methods of psychodiagnostics, psycho-correction of personal features, psychology of socialization and social adaptation, family and personality development and many others. The best professors and Doctors of science teach in this department.

Under the department there is a Dissertation Board Candidate′s and Doctor’s Dissertations on pedagogic psychology, theory and methods of teaching (social upbringing in school and university) are defended.

Postgraduate students, applicants and doctoral candidates of the department carry on research works and prepare for defending dissertations pedagogic psychology and general pedagogy, history of pedagogy and education.

The head of the department is Bordovskaya Nina Valentinovna, Doctor of Pedagogical Science, Professor, and Academician of Russian Academy of Education. Fields of research: pedagogic basis of professional and personal growth, methodical problems of modern pedagogy, pedagogy of higher education, problems of increasing effectiveness and quality of education.


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