Values of a Successful Person: a Postmodern Education in a Post-Industrial Society

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This article is devoted to the role of education in forming a successful personal development trajectory through a value system. Study shows that modern era can be described by categories of two concepts that are similar in essence and contradictory in certain manifestations: postmodernism and postindustrialism. Article hypothesizes that a postmodern value system is necessary to overcome digital destructive influence on education that is imposed by the information and digital priorities of postindustrialism. It shows that, with the universal digitization of knowledge, there is an urgent need to form three primary competencies of individual that can be provided only by education: values, communications, and knowledge, that are not subject to digital replication. It argues that growing trend of turning universities into digital corporations contains threats to the future development of the emerging personality and its value system. Article concludes that it is possible to overcome the identified threats in implementation of global educational policy, at national and global levels, which will require a critical understanding of emerging trends in digital world.

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Ekaterina A. Antyukhova

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), MFA of Russia

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PhD (Pol. Sci.), Senior Lecturer, Comparative Politics Department

76 Prospekt Vernadskogo, Moscow, 119454, Russian Federation


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