An all-university competition entitled “Evidence of an Educated Nation” was held at ASPU on April 27. The event was organized jointly by the Chair of Pedagogy, History Museum and Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
The aim of the initiative is to enrich the history of Armenian pedagogy, to present the prosperous activity of educational centers and Armenian intelligentsia in Western Armenia, and to emphasize the role of education in transforming society. It also aims to develop the pedagogical mindset of future teachers, form a national and human value system, adopt modern educational technologies, and enhance cooperation between students and teachers in creating new knowledge together.
The organizers of the competition view modern pedagogy as a collaborative profession and as advocates of innovative methods and approaches to teaching, they emphasize the mastery of key characteristics of project-based learning (PBL) in the context of development of modern education.
Representatives of different faculties of the University participated in the initiative presenting eight projects.
In their reports, the participants dwelt on a number of issues, including issues in girls' education in girls' schools in Western Armenia, prolific activity of educational centers and intellectuals Western Armenian in the preservation of national identity, establishment of orphanages and orphan schools in Western Armenia, Karin Armenian schools, the activity of Armenian educational institutions in Smyrna, Western Armenian schools from the past to the present, etc. they presented the results of their research, the relevance of the topics, purpose, problems and methodology.
The commission highly appreciated the oriunique content of the works, the form of presentation and the large-scale research.
Head of the Chair of Pedagogy, Professor Aida Topuzyan said thanks to the cooperation between students and lecturers, new knowledge was created, which will fill the pages of the history of Armenian pedagogy and education and will be published in scientific journals.
Professor Suren Danielyan, a long-time lecturer at ASPU, who is also an advocate of Western Armenian literature and life said ‘the project is unprecedented and will enter the history of the University.’ He regrets to say that our imagination and knowledge of the Western Armenian world is superficial. "Aida Topuzyan, who studied in Western Armenia, supported the initiative and strengthened the educational commitment of the attendees," he said.
The professor considers the principle of a new pedagogical approach to be the next important innovation: ‘the student-lecturer vision’ has been generalized for the first time, which is a conscious step to reflect on the origins of the educational system in Western Armenia, to give a scientific and pedagogical direction and to know ourselves.
Professor Samvel Poghosyan, one of the members of the commission, emphasized the importance of the competition in terms of introducing and putting into practice the best practices of educational institutions in Western Armenia, while Seda Parsamyan, Head of the Museum Exhibition and Services Department at the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, expressed hope that in the near future the archival base and materials will be enriched once the scientific articles are published in periodicals.
Let us add that the recordings of the all-university competition under the title “Evidence of an Educated Nation” will be available on Radio Fama (the radio station of Armenian State Pedagogical University) in the near future.