A section of the Lab in which we share how the graduates of the St. Petersburg Higher School, who used to be our research interns, are doing.
In the 2019/2020 school year, 13 projects were organized by Sociology in Education and Science Laboratory staff and associates, in which 133 students took part. We cannot emphasize enough that Lab is both scientific and educational, so including students in scientific work is a important focus for us.
Daniel Alexandrov, head of the Laboratory, shares his experience and draws examples of scientific research that proves the importance of projects for students.
The campus management asked to report on the results of work for 2019/2020. We answer with a detailed list of achievements. What do we do in the Laboratory for the Sociology of Education and Science, and what important things have we accomplished over the past academic year?
The Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science conducted interviews with experts in the field of adaptation and integration of migrant children for St. Petersburg Regional Branch of the Russian Red Cross.
In the lab, we (Alla Loseva, Daniel Alexandrov, and students) have created a blog dedicated to the research literature and global epidemics — including COVID-19.
Vadim Voskresensky spent almost 7 years in the St. Petersburg State University. He finished his bachelor's and master's degrees and wrote his diploma with Daniil Alexandrov. He began teaching students in his second year of master's program, under the guidance of Ilya Musabirov. After the graduation, he continued teaching even more actively - the Data Science minor course, "Information Systems" course. Vadim worked at Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science for most of his teaching time. In the spring of 2018, at the suggestion of Daniel Alexandrov, he left to work and to write his PhD at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin. It is a research institute that brings together scientists from universities in Berlin and Brandenburg. One of the main ideas of the institute is that people from different disciplines are involved, so they can interact with each other, share experiences and results, and have fun.
One might question our sanity, and not see any connection between a sociological laboratory and elephants, and rightfully so. It is due to the language barrier that this wordplay remains unclear to our English-speaking readers. If you take the first letters of the name of our laboratory in Russian, which is Laboratoria (Laboratory) Sotsiologii (of Sociology) Obrazovania (in Education) I Nauki (and Science), you will get letters L, S, O, and N. Together, they make SLON, which in Russian means “elephant”. This is precisely why we have been using this nickname for ourselves, and why you see the little elephant figure in the top left corner of our website. Besides, elephants are great animals, known for their social complexity and strong family bonds, so why not them?
Svetlana Savelyeva, the deputy head of the Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science, has been there from the very beginning, and witnessed its development throughout the years. Read her story to learn more about the history of SLON and its first expeditions, and find out how we started our research on schools.
In the middle of October 2019, a big conference took place: the ID Conference, dedicated to the subjects of migration and diversity. Sociology in Education and Science Laboratory has organized a whole section on this conference - a section on «Migration, inequality, and identity», as well as presented works by Daniel Alexandrov and Svetlana Savelieva.
What topics were discussed in this section, why we need to talk about migration, and why it’s important to look at both theoretical and practical sides of it - you can read in new material.
The Fifth International Conference on contemporary problems of migrations has been held in Moscow on September 26 and 27, 2019. SESL has attended the conference as an invited participant: Ksenia Tenisheva has presented work on Migrant children in Russian Schools and came back with interesting news.