Academic journal article Review of European Studies

A Technology for Designing a Vocational Module in Vocational Education

Academic journal article Review of European Studies

A Technology for Designing a Vocational Module in Vocational Education

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Abstract

The purpose of the article is aimed at improving the vocational training of students of technical vocational educational institutions in the field of organization and management of production processes. In the article the features of modern economic training of technical specialists are defined in the management and organization of production activity on the basis of modular competence-based approach. The article presents a technology for designing a vocational module that provides the organizational-management training of technicians in vocational education. The results of the research have a wide range of application for designing and implementing vocational modules for training vocational education students of not only technical, but also other specializations in corporate and post-professional education, and can be in demand by educators, researchers, customers of educational services.

Keywords: vocational education, modular competence-based approach, vocational module, designing, organizational-management training

1. Introduction

1.1 Background

The developing industry of Tatarstan Republic needs skilled workers and administrative staff of middle ranking. The introduction of new generation standards as one of the promising areas of vocational education modernization is urged to facilitate close cooperation between education and production, make the formation more practice-oriented, and the graduates-demanded in the labor market. Competitiveness of graduates of vocational educational institutions in the regional labor market is largely determined by the quality of their training (skill level), which can only be achieved in close integration of the educational process with modern hi-tech production (Tregubova et al, 2012; Korchagin, 2000, etc.). In the practice of vocational education, technical and economic training of specialists has been included for a long time, which is aimed at the acquisition of the economy foundations and the acquisition of technical and economic calculations, only in general terms relating to the organization and production management (Kal'nei, 1996; Simtsov, 2010).

But with the transition to a new stage of progress in science and technology, with the increasing complexity of technological processes and production, formation of market economy in Russia, the change in the enterprises' status, the contents were transformed and the number of the studied disciplines in the economy was increased. Such disciplines as general management, personnel management, quality management, strategic and financial management, logistics-appear and are rapidly developing, which requires reconsideration of the economic training content in vocational and technical education, the direction enhancement in the field of organization and production management. The organizational-management training is necessary to solve business problems in the workplace, manage workflow, and organize productive interaction between members of the working group.

1.2 Status of the Problem

In modern pedagogical literature, devoted to vocational pedagogy, there are enough prerequisites to solve the designated issues at the scientific level: the problems of forming professional competencis are revealed (Baydenko, 2004; Zeer et al., 2005; Zimnya, 2006, etc.), the content, forms, methods and tools of vocational education designing technologies have been defined (Oleinikova, 2005; Novikov, 2008; Ibragimov, 2011; Safin & Matukhin, 2012; Zyalaeva et al., 2012; Mukhametzyanova & Shaikhutdinova, 2013, etc.) and the issues on modular technology of education (Choshanov, 1996; Batyshev, 1997; Ibragimov, 2008, etc.) have been considered. However, in teaching practice there is manifested inappropriateness of the technicians' organizational-management content training to the labor market, which confirms the need to change the direction of economic training from the technical-economic to the organizational-management. …

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