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Integration of Social Education and the Labor Market through a Simulation of Professional Activity

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  • Russian State Social University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Abstract


Background/Objectives: The article discusses the convergence of social education and labor market in the social sphere. Professionalization of social work is studied all over the world. Methods: Currently, discussions are continuing in the context of possibilities for standardization of professional activity and education, as well as their relationships. The main object of the study is the profession of “a social work specialists”, the representatives of which work in the system of social protection of the population in the Russian Federation. Findings: The authors carried out an experimental study using traditional sociological methods (questionnaires, tests, expert interviews, focus groups, interviews, social design and modeling). The study was attended by representatives of regional authorities from all territorial districts of Russia, heads of social service organizations, experts in social work. Statistical and qualitative analysis of the results allows revealing the expert activity algorithm in social work in the social services system, establishing the basic elements of the professional standard: basic labor functions, labor activities, skills and the necessary knowledge to implement them. A standard of professional activity of social work specialist, who performs the basic functions of social protection of the population in this country, has been developed. The problem is solved taking into account not only current issues, but also the prospects for the development of the profession. Previously, there were no such standards in Russia. Improvements: The purpose of the article is to formulate scientifically sound approaches to the development of uniform requirements for the professional activity of specialists, the quality of social services, as well as to justify the possible next steps in the integration of the labor market and social education, introducing necessary changes in vocational education standards.

Keywords

Labor Market in Social Sphere, Simulation of Professional Work, Social Education, Social Work Specialist, Standard of Professional Activity, Vocational Education Standards.

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