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Kargapolova E.V., Darchuk M.B., Davydova J.A.



UDC 371

Kargapolova E.V.1 (Moscow, Russian Federation) – E-mail:, Darchuk M.B.1 (Moscow, Russian Federation)- E-mail:, Davydova J.A.1 (Moscow, Russian Federation) – E-mail:

1Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Abstract.  In this article, the purpose of the study is to analyze the role of fiction in the spiritual and moral education of students. Fiction is considered as the core of book culture, the most important factor of media socialization of modern youth in the world of digitalization and gadgets. Methodology. The information base of the study was obtained on the basis of the author’s sociological study “Circle of reading fiction of Russian students”, implemented by the questionnaire method in Moscow, Volgograd and Astrakhan in 2016 and 2019. Results. It is revealed that a significant part of the surveyed students today demonstrates reader interest and seeks to increase the volume of reading works of fiction. The growth of the group of students who like to read and read with pleasure is revealed. But at the same time, there are quite a lot of people who do not read at all, read out of necessity, admit that they read little, or read little, but at the same time they are sure that they have enough for themselves. It can be assumed that the presence of these groups is associated with socio-cultural transformations, including an increase in the flow of information and the pace of life, lack of free time, and rapid differentiation by income level. This leads to a shift in priorities in the field of practical knowledge and even survival, giving the reading of books features of elitism. In the readership, subgroups are empirically identified, differentiated by their assessment of the volume of reading fiction. The socio-demographic and socio-cultural features of these subgroups are recorded. Conclusions. The book retains its high potential as a means of moral education, as more than 90% of students – the vanguard of society-consider it the most important factor in spiritual development and improving education. The obtained results on the differentiation of the readership and their literary preferences will allow optimizing the work on the popularization of the book and reading among students.

Keywords: fiction, moral education, spiritual development, book, reader preferences, book culture, students, sociological research.


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Kargapolova E.V., Darchuk M.B., Davydova J.A. Fiction as a means of moral education of young people. CITISE, 2021, no. 2, pp.282-292. DOI: