Research development

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List of focus areas of the research activities/important engineering and technical projects of the StrAU

In 2010, Kazan Federal University was established by changing its type and merging several institutions: Vladimir Ulyanov-Lenin Kazan State University, Tatar State University of Humanities and Education, and Elabuga State Pedagogical University. To implement the Road Map of the Program for Enhancing KFU’s Competitive Ranking, adopted in 2013, four priority development areas were identified. In the framework of priority areas were created research start-up labs or OpenLab’s. To create a lab any scientist working both in Russia and abroad could present a research project in the form of a grant proposal in a specific priority area. In the proposal, it should be clearly indicated new scientific and educational competences to be brought to KFU and how it will enhance the competitive ranking of the University. However, Humanities direction was not presented among the priority areas. At the same time, it is obvious that successful implementation of the Program for Enhancing KFU’s Competitive Ranking depends significantly on the level of involvement of the University’s academic staff. The formation of the StrAU of Humanity Studies would dramatically increase the level of participation of KFU’s academic staff in the attainment of the Road Map’s indicators and significantly improve the University’s position in international rankings.

The purpose of creation of the StrAU 4T is the development of the concept of the reflective and research-oriented teacher education, designing and implementing new structural and functional model of teacher education and training in the classical University.
The relevance of the StrAU’s creation is due to today’s global economic and social challenges. Universities must become innovation-oriented catalysts for economic growth; centres of social and cultural life of the region, leading the training of qualified teachers, engineers, physicists, etc.; the link between society, government and business.

The process of globalization as a worldwide trend of development of the modern world leads to active interactions, integration of national communities and regions, erasing the boundaries between traditional cultures, religions. Many countries, including Russia, face the problem of education of representatives of different confessions and ethnic minorities. The growth in the number of such students is associated with the intensification of migration processes in the modern world. This problem requires the preparation of a teacher of a new type – a multicultural educator. In the context of the development of the ideas of globalism, the problem of learning foreign languages is actualized. Finding a common language is a necessary condition for understanding people. In this regard, the bilingual model of training teachers is important, involving among other things his linguistic mobility.

The introduction of new trends in society development has brought the problem of development of students’ abilities and talents in major. It is a talented person who capable of generating ideas, unconventional problem solving, intuitive prediction of trends of social development. The strategy of identifying and managing talents involves the development of individual career track at all levels of education (a unique set of knowledge and skills that you need to get on the path to their desired profession).

Research activities in the StrAU involve the implementation of major interrelated scientific and education areas:
– formation under the conditions of two-phase university education of partitioning teachers with high intellectual potential, developed research and reflexive competences;
– development of organizational mechanisms and implementation of substantial and technological update of reflective, practice-oriented teacher education in classical university.

These areas assume the theoretical, methodological and practical development of four blocks. Within the designated priority areas “A transforming student – Transformation of education – A transforming teacher –Transformation of teacher education” integrated research units of the consortium for 2016-2020 are outlined, which are interdisciplinary, problem-oriented and characterized by several structural units:
1. Informational transformation of the modern education. Gamification in education.
2. Competence foresight for university faculty in humanities, natural sciences and engineering education.
3. Multicultural and bilingual education in the modern world: the transnational and regional aspects.
4. Psychophysiological status of a modern learner and noxo-sphere of his/her education and development.
5. Philosophy and personal resources of modern education. Talent management.
6. Reflective and research-oriented teacher education.
7. Social and professional values of a modern teacher in response to new economic challenges.
8. Innovative management of educational flows: life-long learning.

The targeted amount of money raised for research in 2020 perspective: 2016 – 55 million rubles, 2017 – 70 million rubles, 2018 – 80 million rubles, 2019 – 90 million rubles, 2020 – 150 million rubles.
Indicators for publication activity: 2016 – 470 articles; 2017 – 650 articles; 2018 – 760 articles; 2019 – 980 articles; 2020 – 1100 articles indexed in WoS and Scopus databases.
Number of intellectual deliverables: 2016 – 2; 2017 – 5; 2018 – 7; 2019 – 11; 2020 – 15.

Plans of professional development for faculty members participating in research activities

  • Implementation of grant programs and exchange programs for faculty with world leading universities and research centres.
  • Implementation of a grant program for the recruitment of young faculty from Russia and all over the world.
  • Participation of KFU academic staff in international, all-Russian, regional and KFU programs of academic mobility and advanced training.
  • Development of the stimulating remuneration program for talented trainees and young academic staff in KFU.
  • Upgrading professional linguistic competence of KFU academic staff.

Other results and measures to develop the research activities of the StrAU

  • Establishment of the Resource Centre for young teachers’ support.
  • Annual International forum on Teacher Education
  • Summer scientific schools
  1. International summer schools for practicing psychologists working with migrants (in cooperation with Minkowski Research Centre (France), Goethe Cultural Centre of University of Giessen (Germany).
  2. Summer scientific school on mathematical education and physics education.
  3. International scientific schools on Higher Education.

Summer scientific schools provide participants with a successful introduction to professional activity, an opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues, effective ways of solving professional tasks by young teachers. The schools contribute to emotional convergence and strengthening professional contacts of teachers.