On the necessity of bulgarian science citation index and the academic libraries possible contribution: based on the varna university of economics library (2014 – 2020)
Abstract. The introduction of new bibliometric indicators for measuring scientific work puts the university and scientific libraries in Bulgaria in the need of creation of databases with citations of professors and scientists in every scientific organization. Each country creates its own citation index. The purpose of the article is to analyse existing bibliographic practises for classifying scientific references and the examine the question for the creation of a National platform to unite them, as well as creating a National Reference Register, in particular one for social studies. It is time for us to decide who will manage the combined citation document resources and how to create a Bulgarian index for scientific citation or a National Citation Index, in general and one for the social studies in particular. Social studies are less represented than the other branches of science, for example, in platforms like Scopus and Web of Science, which are the most influential platforms in the world and publishing and citation in them has more weight in the formation of the minimal national requirements for academic growth. I am using the historical approach and comparative analysis to show the practical experience of countries that have created such Registers and have achieved excellent results. I also offer for discussion a model to build a hierarchical structure for exchange of quoted data. The university libraries need exact criteria which citation to list and how the Bulgarian index for scientific citation in general will be formed, as well as the one for social studies.
Keywords: scientific citation; university libraries; citation index; Bulgaria; national citation index
Library of University of Economics – Varna
Cultural heritage programs in in the higher education institutions: the bulgarian experience
Abstract. The article systematizes information about the current cultural heritage programs in the Bulgarian higher education area. The data shows that in eleven Bulgarian universities a diploma of cultural heritage can be obtained. 17 master's and 3 bachelor's programs prepare over 500 students a year. Two doctoral programs are also accredited. The rich variety of curricula is an objective result of the complex structure of cultural heritage in itself. However, it is also an indicator for the fragmentation of the higher education system in Bulgaria. The conclusion proposes approaches to overcoming the mentioned fragmentation, as the interdisciplinarity of the scientific field requires pooling of competencies and efforts for better results.
Keywords: Bulgaria; higher education; university; cultural heritage
Prof. Vera Boneva
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies Sofia, Bulgaria
Live through of the students in the conditions of pandemic of covid - 19
Abstract. Using the methodological approach of qualitative research to conduct empirical research in the social sciences, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students' experiences of the present and their projections for the future is revealed. The results show that many of them find positives from social isolation in the opportunity to pay more attention to the people important to them and to work more purposefully on their own development. On the other hand, serious fears are revealed, the main of which is for the health and life of their loved ones, as well as for the future, for their career development and realization. They find it difficult to tolerate social isolation and most of them experience their mental state as shaky, as depressed. In general, students have a negative attitude towards distance learning – online, considering it inferior to face-to-face training and assess this training as a risk to their professional development and subsequent realization in the labor market.
Keywords: experience; attitudes; fears; mental state; social isolation; COVID-19
Prof. Valeri Stoyanov, DSc.
Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy
Promoting the Internationalization of Speech-Language Pathology Education: The Bulgarian-American Cooperative Experience
Abstract. Several collaborative projects between South-West University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, and 8 universities in the USA have worked well to improve the overall competence of students in speech-language pathology programs and practicing clinicians to better meet the needs of individuals with fluency and voice disorders. The US Fulbright Senior Specialist and EU Erasmus+ exchange programs serve as effective instruments that provide systemic and long-term impact supporting innovation and fostering contemporary teaching methods. These international projects prepare students and faculty succeed in a global, multicultural society, and in doing so, advance speech-language pathology as an evidence-based allied health science discipline.
Keywords: speech-language pathology; internationalization; higher education; Erasmus, Fulbright
Robert F. Orlikoff
East Carolina University, Greenville – North Carolina (USA)
South-West University “Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad (Bulgaria)
Competence analysis of teaching and teaching activity as a reflection on the quality of higher education
Abstract. The competence approach and innovations in education are one of the levers for the development of quality in academic education. The Strategy for Development of Higher Education 2021 – 2030 (draft) sets out a number of priority areas and goals for the development of higher education. In the present study, these objectives are operationalized through a competency analysis of updated curricula of direction 1.2. “Pedagogy”. The study specifies a number of concepts and scientific statements at the meta-level, so as to outline the operational scientific structure of the competency approach. A qualitative criterion analysis of the teaching activity is made in order to outline the leading approaches in academic teaching, types of competencies set in the curricula, effective methods of teaching and learning.
Keywords: competencies; analysis; curricula; higher education
Dr. Rumyana Neminska, Assoc. Prof.
Trakia University Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
EDUCATION IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY
First week distance learning in “ivan vazov” secondary school in stara zagora
Abstract. The results of a survey are presented in order to support the management of the leadership of “Ivan Vazov” Secondary School in Stara Zagora in creating conditions for organizing training and providing support for personal development from a distance in an electronic environment through the use of information and communication technologies in March 2020. The results of surveys to determine the degree of satisfaction and fatigue of teachers, students and parents associated with this school, the preparation for distance learning and the first week of its implementation are analyzed. Distance learning was introduced by the Ministry of Education on March 16, 2020 in connection with the state of emergency declared by a decision of the National Assembly of Bulgaria and related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: online competition; COVID-19; digital competence; webinar, self-assessment
Prof. Dr. Toni Chehlarova
Institute of Mathematics and Informatics – BAS
“Ivan Vazov” Secondary School Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
University of Forestry Sofia, Bulgaria
REVIEWS AND ANNOTATIONS
A look at the early history of bulgarian maritime education through its documentary heritage
Kozhuharov, A. 2021. The Bulgarian Maritime Education System Personal Identification Academic Papers (1892 – 1946). Varna: Nicola Vaptsarov Naval Academy Publishing House, pp. 204.
Prof. Ivan Rusev
University of Economics – Varna