FUTURE GEOLOGISTS’ PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AS A PEDAGOGICAL PROBLEM
Профессиональная подготовка будущих геологов как педагогическая проблема.
Mineral resources are the important segment of the Ukrainian economy, which proves the importance of the modernization of the process of personnel training for the industry. So the aim of the study is to find out the state of development of the problem of the future geologists’ training in the pedagogical literature and to identify the main trends and ways of its modernization.As research methods analysis of materials and periodicals on the problem and the method of generalization were used. Curricula of various universities with the aim to figure out the current state of professional training of the future geologists at the Bachelor level were studied.The first step of research was to figure out the main treats of geology as occupation, which have a significant influence on the competences and qualities which future geologists should have. After investigation of curricula it was found out that geological training is conducted within the framework of direction 6.040103 – “Geology” within the framework of specialty 103 – “Earth sciences”.Using their right of autonomy higher education institutions in Ukraine within the specialty “Earth Sciences” conduct professional training of applicants in a number of specializations.Thus, having analyzed the curricula of different universities, we can conclude that professional training of the future geologists consists of a “standard” list of disciplines and a sample part of content of which depends on the specialization of a future specialist. Comparison of Ukrainian and foreign traditions of the future geologists’ professional training revealed common features of this process. Taking into account the purpose of research, the analysis of periodicals was conducted. It let us determine how much national professors (who commit the professional training of the future geologists) are interested in finding ways of its modernization. Conducted research of literature sources revealed the lack of methodological works about this problem among national scientists.Scientists determine the problems of geological education, but do not offer concrete ways of its solving. That is why (agreeing with some authors) the searching of modern pedagogical methods and technologies which could be used during the future geologists’ training is a practical way of mentioned problem solving. So the further research will be connected with the search for appropriate pedagogical techniques and technologies that will be the most effective and will influence positively the quality of the future geologists’ professional training.