Current Issues in Pedagogy and Their Solutions: ASPU hosts joint student-lecturer conference  
29.05.2024
Current Issues in Pedagogy and Their Solutions: ASPU hosts joint student-lecturer conference   

 

“Arshavir Shavarshyan dedicated his whole life to pedagogy, emphasized the importance of pedagogical activity, transfer of knowledge and the important ability of analytical thinking that we call critical thinking. He combined the works of his time, participated in the development of thoughts and creation of new knowledge in the fields of pedagogy and psychology,” Rector of Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU) Srbuhi Gevorgyan said on May 29 during a joint student-lecturer conference entitled “Current Issues in Pedagogy and Their Solutions.”

This year, the traditional conference organized by the Chair of Pedagogy was dedicated to the 140th anniversary of distinguished educator Arshavir Shavarshyan, who was the first rector of the University.

In her speech, Professor Gevorgyan spoke about the great pedagogue's biography, his professional activity, his foundational works and translations dedicated to pedagogy and its history, and analysis of dubious issues.

She said Arshavir Shavarshyan had had an invaluable role in eradicating illiteracy, restoring the material and technical resources of schools, acquiring new ones, training and developing pedagogues, and creating methodological programs.

Srbuhi Gevorgyan also hailed Arshavir Shavarshyan’s activity as a scientist, saying it still retains relevance in pedagogy, history of pedagogy, methods of philosophy.

The rector expressed hope that thanks to Arshavir Shavarshyan and other famous educators, students will reveal the most important values ​​of the paradigm of Armenian pedagogical thought in their research.

“As time passes, the legacy left by our outstanding educators becomes more valuable. After studying at the universities of Leipzig and Vienna 120 years ago, Arshavir Shavarshyan decided to follow the example of his teachers - Ghazaros Aghayan and Perch Proshyan and dedicate himself to pedagogy,” Aida Topuzyan, Head of the Chair of Pedagogy, said during the conference.

The professor added that Arshavir Shavarshyan wrote more than 200 works on the history of pedagogy and pedagogical thought. “If he hadn’t written anything else, his two-volume book "Armenian Pedagogues" would be enough [for him] to remain in the history of Armenian pedagogy forever,” she said.

Presenting Arshavir Shavarshyan’s rich biography, Aida Topuzyan particularly emphasized his significant role in creating a new Armenian school, training teachers, restructuring the educational system, and educating citizens worthy of the new system.

The professor promised that the day will be ‘Shavarshyan-like;’ the scientific conference will be followed by the presentation of a book dedicated to the prominent figure and his activity.

The conference was attended by students of the Faculty of Primary Education, Faculty of Education Psychology and Sociology, Faculty of History and Social Science, and Faculty of Philology.

Heghine Khachatryan, Dean of the Faculty of Primary Education, emphasized the importance of the conference in terms of promoting students' personal growth and professional development, reflecting on new teaching methods and following the trend of cooperative learning.

She thanked Arshavir Shavarshyan for founding the Faculty of Pedagogy and for giving meaning to their existence. The dean thinks that reference to the first rector of the century-old university revalues our past, brings success to the present and secures our future.

In the plenary session, professor of the Chair of Pedagogy Laura Asatryan presented a report entitled "The Guarantor of Armenian Pedagogical Thought." She said by continuing the traditions of Armenian pedagogy, Arshavir Shavarshyan was not only an ardent devotee of education, but also a great research scientist. He took out of the underground vaults of the Matenadaran (state repository of ancient manuscripts) and presented to the future generations the theories and conceptual approaches of the great Armenian pedagogues, which have a sharp contemporary resonance to this day.

 

The professor added that Arshavir Shavarshyan stood at the core of of Armenian pedagogical thought realizing very well that the history of Armenian pedagogical thought is not just a description of pedagogical theories and ideas. It includes the philosophy of education, school-building, book-creating activity, the pedagogical concepts, methodological, scientific-methodical approaches of the great thinkers of the past, who have played a significant role in developing the strategy for the modern educational system and its implementation in practice.

while presenting Arshavir Shavarshyan's pedagogical views future historian Eduard Ohanyan and Associate Professor Susanna Janikyan labelled the professor's activity in the field of educational literature as a pedagogical feat, and considered him to be one of the founders of the scientific study of the history of Armenian pedagogy. “Shavarshyan was a true pedagogue, both by title and knowledge, and by his love for his profession. Shavarshyan valued the role of the family in the upbringing of an individual, he believed that a pedagogue needs encouragement," they said.

Under the supervision of Professor Aida Topuzyan, students of the Faculty of Primary Education Anna Harutyunyan and Tatev Khnkoyan presented the topics "Pedagogical Forecasting as an Important Skill of a Primary School Teachers" and "Reflection as a Competency of Primary School Teachers." They also proposed making some alternative subjects mandatory.

The conference continued in two subdivisions - “Contemporary Issues in Public Education” and “Contemporary Issues in Pedagogy.” The speeches were followed by a Q&A session and an interesting discussion.

 

 

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