Conceptual Approaches to Modeling the Content of Natural Science Education for University Students of Social and Humanitarian Disciplines

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2017, Vol. 3. №3

Conceptual Approaches to Modeling the Content of Natural Science Education for University Students of Social and Humanitarian Disciplines

For citation: Ignatova V. A., Ignatov S. B. 2017. “Conceptual Approaches to Modeling the Content of Natural Science Education for University Students of Social and Humanitarian Disciplines”. Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates, vol. 3, no 3, pp. 222-232. DOI: 10.21684/2411-197X-2017-3-3-222-232

About the authors:

Valentina A. Ignatova, Dr. Sci. (Ped.), Professor, Department of Physical Processes and Systems Modeling, University of Tyumen;

Sergey B. Ignatov, Cand. Sci. (Ped.), Assistant Professor, Department of Humanitites and Technologies, Industrial University of Tyumen;


This article examines the possibilities and means for increasing the level of natural science education for students of social and humanitarian departments of universities. Based on the analysis of the conceptual approaches of a number of researchers to the solution of the problem and their own pedagogical experience, the authors developed a set of methodical tools, including the course “Modern Scientific World View”, a system of elective integrated courses that reveal more deeply individual sections of the main course and a set of interdisciplinary mobile modules. As the content core of the complex, the authors propose using cognitive models of post-non-classical science. The structure and content of the complex are described, and the didactic bases of its modeling are presented.

Within the framework of the pilot project, the complex was tested in 2011-2015 in groups of first-year students of social and humanitarian divisions of universities in the Tyumen Region. To assess the academic achievements of students, a diagnostic tool was developed. Diagnosed: the dynamics of natural science knowledge, the skills of their transfer to other subject areas, knowledge of the conceptual-categorical apparatus of post-non-classical science, the ability to operate on it and use it to describe the behavior of social and humanitarian systems. Along with this, changes in indicators characterizing the social and personal qualities of students were recorded. Quantitative assessment of the impact of innovations on the students’ academic achievements was carried out using the methods adopted in psychological and pedagogical studies.

The results of the diagnostic studies carried out by the authors make it possible to assert that the set of methodical tools proposed by them has a significant effect on the positive dynamics of the indices, promotes an understanding of the importance of natural sciences for professional activity and the development of interest in their studies.


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