A number of books by lecturers of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geography were presented at the ASPU Scientific Library on May 27. The director of the library Tigran Petrosyants considered the 145 works by 111 authors of the Faculty to be significant contributions to the field of natural sciences.
Also, an educational resource manual entitled “Complex Field Teaching Practices and School Eco-tourism" was presented during the event.
The authors of the book - Professor Ruzanna Sadoyan, Doctor of Biology, Associate Professor Nerses Samvelyan, Candidate of Geographical Science and Associate Professor Anahit Minasyan, Candidate of Pedagogical Science referred to the role, significance, content, stages of organization, and methods of conducting complex field teaching practices.
One of the sections focuses on school eco-tourism and methods of organizing eco-trails: a model-based site for organizing school eco-tourism is offered. The importance of transferring knowledge, sharing research results and providing students with the necessary professional literature made the authors write the book.
Professor Ruzanna Sadoyan, Doctor of Biology, Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geography, says the manual was compiled as a result of cooperation with several Russian universities
Co-author of the book, Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geography, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Ruzanna Sadoyan mentioned that the manual was created as a result of cooperation with several Russian universities and student exchange programmes for the purpose of strengthening inter-university partnerships.
The professor stresses that there was a need for Armenian-language literature in the field of natural sciences, but the book has a Russian-language section as well meant for foreign students․"Practice is the most important component of the teaching/learning process. I hope it will become ‘a table book’, will be useful in terms of organizing internships and fill the existing gaps,” she said.
The educational-methodical manual is intended for students interested in natural sciences, MA students and teachers.
Nerses Samvelyan, an Associate Professor at the Chair of Geography and its Teaching Methods, notes that the profession of a naturalist has a unique feature, that’s to study and learn the language of nature: people become naturalists in nature.
He dwelt on the methodological side of the manual, emphasizing that it can serve as a guide for more complex and efficient organization of field teaching practices and school tourism, for strengthening students' practical knowledge and developing skills.
"The Armenian-language manual is the first of its kind in Armenia,” added Nerses Samvelyan.
"The fruit of a scientist’s activity is a book, the result of years of sleepless nights. It gives an opportunity to acquire new knowledge and despite the decrease of public interest in it, it continues to be a permanent value," said Yurik Muradyan, Professor at the Chair of Geography and its Teaching Methods.
The professor notes that the textbook "Complex Field Teaching Practices and School Eco-tourism» is a joint synthesis of biology, geography and ecology, a new word in professional literature.
In addition to the education received at university, the student and the future teacher should also be familiar with the practical side of the profession: the information in the book and the offered 12 eco-trails provide that opportunity.
Mezhlum Yeritsyan, a professor at the Chair of Biology and Chemistry and their Teaching Methods, adds ‘today to write a book is a real heroism.’
The methodological basis of the manual is the concepts of developing students' cognitive activity in the learning process and natural sciences education, video-methodological principles of complex field teaching research.
Prof. Ruzanna Simonyan is convinced that if the student is ‘cut off’ from field practices, the educational process will not be effective. The manual comes to fill the gap in field practices.
Varduhi Hovhannisyan, Assistant Professor t the Chair of Geography and its Teaching Methods, agrees that the book was published at the right time.
She says all students of the Faculty can use the book, educate themselves and develop their own eco-trails by using the book. The manual is a good opportunity to develop new perspectives in the field of eco-tourism.
Mikael Mkrtchyan and Mariam Sargsyan, both students of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geography, agreed with their lecturers and expressed confidence that the manual will fill the gap of Armenian-language literature in the field of natural sciences and field-based learning in the educational process.