This issue of our journal opens with the article of the memory of the famous Russian scientist, Academician of theRussianAcademyof Education Eugenia Vassilyevna Bondarevskaya, who died May 28, 2017. The leitmotif of her many years of pedagogical research and practical activity was the education of a citizen, a man of culture and morality.
A significant place in this issue is occupied by materials related to the socio-economic aspects of the development of education in the modern era and the possible contribution of education to solving social problems. The authors describe and analyze social and cultural challenges, which create tensions, both in school and in education as a whole. Based on the comparison of educational level with the level of economy development and the quality of life in the leading countries of the world, the question is raised: why does the higher education of the majority of the able-bodied population not directly affect the quality of life and the state of the economy inRussia. In the article fromFinland, the novelty of the entrepreneurial approach to solving social problems is shown. The ways of its development are outlined on the example of international cooperation in the field of academic mobility. Another cross-cutting theme of this issue was the provision of quality teaching in the new social and pedagogical conditions. The authors of the articles, professors who are teaching in universities, consider the formation of general educational skills as an indispensable condition for the successful adaptation of students to higher school and the development of cognitive competence, which are needed for lifelong learning. Also new approaches to master's studies are discussed. Taking into account the opinion of students, methods of organizing educational activities for an additional training program and ways of directly evaluating its effectiveness are considered.
At once in several articles the question of the organization of independent work of students at different levels of continuous education is raised. Specific examples show the difficulties in ensuring continuity and variability in the training of personnel for the social work in the university and the system of additional vocational education. The review article about organization of continuing education in European countries - leaders in this field - is very informative and instructive against this background.
In the summer issue there are also materials, designed for professional discussion due to the novelty of the information offered and the originality of the author's approach. First of all, this is an emotionally colored article timed to the 95th anniversary of the founding of the pioneer organization, where sets out a purely author's understanding of the mistakes, problems, contradictions in the past and the present of the children's movement inRussia. New to the majority of Russian readers will be the phenomenon called "academic ghostwriting" - a term which today in international vocabulary means the buying and sale of educational and scientific texts made to order. This phenomenon is presented and interpreted as one of the variants of mass imitation of scientific and educational activity, inspired by the development of the market of educational services.
We thank our regular authors and readers for their dedication to our journal. We wish you all a good summer holiday and are waiting for new materials.