70 years: from Physical Education Faculty to Institute of Physical Culture and Sport

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PhD, Professor I.N. Venediktov
Dr.Hab., Professor G.N. Ponomarev
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg

Keywords: achievements, history, Faculty of Physical Education, anniversary.

The Institute of Physical Culture and Sports of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia is one of the oldest in the country. In October 1946 the Faculty of Physical Education was opened in Leningrad Herzen State Pedagogical University. In the first years the Faculty was training teachers who had the right to teach Physical Education, Anatomy and Physiology. Since the late 50s teachers of Physical Education have been trained on the Faculty.

In 1979 the curriculum of the Faculty was significantly expanded due to the opening of the second department – for training specialists in "Basic Military Training and Physical Education". Since 1996 the Faculty implements a training program for teachers of life safety. In 1998, this department was transformed into the Faculty of Life Safety of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. Since 2002 the Faculty has been training adaptive physical education specialists majoring in "Physical Education for Persons with Health Issues (Adaptive Physical Education)".

Since 1995 the Faculty of Physical Education of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia has been training specialists in the field of physical education and sports according to mono-level and multi-level systems. Currently, the Faculty is implementing programs for training of physical education teachers, Bachelors in Pedagogical Education, Physical Education and Physical Education for Persons with Health Issues (Adaptive Physical Education), Master's training programs in Pedagogical Education and Education in the Field of Physical Culture and Sport.

In different years well-known scientists in the field of physical culture and sport and physical education worked at the Faculty including B.A. Ashmarin, V.A. Bulkin, S.I. Gal'perin, M.L. Zhuravin, E.P. Ilyin, A.I. Kuznetsov, N.K. Men'shikov A.A. Nesterov, B.A. Petrov, A.Y. Shekhtel', S.V. Yananis and many others.

Since foundation the Faculty of Physical Education of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia was headed by scientists, recognized experts in the field of physical culture and sport, organizers of the sport movement: E.V. Vershinsky, E.P. Zhuravlev, S.V. Yananis, M.S. Sokolov, V. Ivanov, L.F. Egupov, N.I. Maksimova, B.A. Petrov, O.I. Aleksandrov, V.A. Bulkin, N.N. Khitrov, M.L. Zhuravin. From 1995 to 2015, the Faculty was headed by one of its graduates G.N. Ponomarev.

The Faculty trains top-qualification research and pedagogical personnel through a graduate school. Teachers of physical education faculties of pedagogical universities from many cities of Russia and foreign countries take post-graduate courses.

Teachers and students of the Faculty participated in organization and staging of competitions of various levels: Olympic Games (Moscow 1980, Sochi 2014), Goodwill Games (1994, CIS Games of 1995) and the championships of Europe and Russia in different years. Teaching stuff of the Faculty includes sport judges of nationwide and international categories for various sports.

Teachers of the Faculty participate in the preparation of curricula, manuals, textbooks and collections of scientific papers. Over the past 15 years they have published more than 50 manuals, monographs and textbooks; 6 doctoral theses have been protected. The Faculty is the scientific and diagnostic base for the development and implementation of promising projects in the field of physical education. The following research projects were completed for the Ministry of Education and Science: "Updating the Content of Education in the Field of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism" (2002); "Development of the Content of Teacher Training Related to New Areas of Higher Pedagogical Education – 'Physical Culture in Education' and 'Special Education')" (2005); "Development of the Concept of Variative Training of Specialists in Physical Education in Modern Conditions)" (2007) and "Technology of Health Promotion Training of Specialists in Physical Education)" (2009). The Faculty holds All-Russian scientific practical and methodological conferences. The teachers make scientific reports at Russian (Moscow, Belgorod, Kursk, etc.) and international (Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany, South Africa, Taiwan, Bulgaria, etc.) conferences, forums and congresses.

Graduates of the Faculty of Physical Education of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia work in many parts of our country and abroad. The Faculty has trained more than 7000 teachers. Among the graduates of the Faculty – renowned teachers and coaches, prominent organizers of physical culture, employees of hospitals and university professors. The glory and pride of the Faculty - its former graduates honoured teachers and coaches: L. Baranov, A. Soloninkin V. Trzhskal, A. Amirova, J. Voropaeva, O. Zheldin, N. Politiko, V. Rosenfeld, V. Fedorov, G. Rubtsova, V. Osokin, D. Vinnikov, A. Andreev, A. Okovity, G. Zhubryakov, V. Platonov, S. Zykov, et al.

Many well-known athletes - prize-winners of Olympic Games, championships of the World, Europe and Russia have been trained at the Faculty: G. Zybina, V. Grishchenkov, E. Gorbacheva, A. Evgeniev, N. Politiko (athletics); L. Belousova, O. Protopopov, L. Smirnova, A. Suraykin (figure skating), J. Ivanova (rhythmic gymnastics), O. Zabelinskaya (cycling), international grandmaster A. Kochiev (chess), outstanding skier of our time, six-time Olympic Champion, Hero of Russia, Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg L. Egorova and many others. And a lot of promising talented athletes are currently studying at the Institute: 2 Honoured Masters of Sport, 5 Masters of Sport of International Class, 36 Masters of Sport - prize-winners of Paralympic Games and World, European and Russian championships.

Students of the Faculty actively participate in University life. Famous composers Alexander Morozov and Viktor Reznikov who began their art activities in student amateur groups are also graduates of the Faculty.

Over the years the Faculty has become the leading educational and research division and held leading positions among the related departments of the Russian Federation.

In 2015, the Faculty was transformed into Institute of Physical Culture and Sport.

References

  1. Ponomarev G.N. Etapy bol'shogo puti: 210 let RGPU im. A.I. Gertsena, 60 let fakul'tetu fizicheskoy kul'tury (Stages of a long journey: 210th anniversary of Herzen SPUR) / G.N. Ponomarev // Teoriya i praktika fizicheskoy kultury. – 2006. – № 9. – P. 2–4.

Corresponding author: g-ponomarev@inbox.ru

Abstract
The article presents a historical review of the process of establishment and development of the Faculty of Physical Education.
In October 1946 the Faculty of Physical Education was opened in Leningrad Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. In the early years teachers with the right of teaching of physical Education, Anatomy and Physiology were trained on the faculty.
In different years well-known scientists in the field of physical culture and sport and sport education worked at the faculty including B.A. Ashmarin, V.A. Bulkin, S.I. Gal'perin, M.L. Zhuravin, E.P. Ilyin, A.I. Kuznetsov, N.K. Men'shikov A.A. Nesterov, B.A. Petrov, A.Ya. Shekhtel', S.V. Yananis and many others.
Since foundation Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia Faculty of Physical Education was headed by scientists, recognized experts in the field of physical culture and sport, organizers of the sport movement: E.V. Vershinsky, E.P. Zhuravlev, S.V. Yananis, M.S. Sokolov, V. Ivanov, L.F. Egupov, N.I. Maksimova, B.A. Petrov, O.I. Aleksandrov, V.A. Bulkin, N.N. Khitrov, M.L. Zhuravin.
Over the years the faculty has become the leading educational and research division and held leading positions among the related departments of the Russian Federation.
In 2015, the department was transformed into Institute of Physical Culture and Sport.