Andrey Verbitsky, professor of the Chair of Labor Psychology and Psychological Consulting of Moscow Pedagogical State University; Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Doctor in Education in two specialties “Theory and History of Education” and “Pedagogical and Age Psychology”, PhD in General Psychology, professor in specialty “Pedagogical and Age Psychology”. He is a member of the Expert Committee on Education and Psychology of the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
He graduated from the Faculty of Psychology of Lomonosov Moscow State University, he did his PhD research in the Research Institute of General and Pedagogical Psychology of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR, as a UNESCO intern in the USA and France he researched the issues of Psychology and Pedagogy of Higher Education (1978).
Andrey Verbitsky is a prominent specialist focusing on the pedagogical and psychological problems of education, the author of the widely known in Russia and abroad psychological and pedagogical theory of contextual education, the founder and permanent leader of the scientific and pedagogical school of contextual education, research and development in which have been conducted for more than 35 years. The theory and pedagogical technologies of contextual education are widely used at all levels of the system of continuous education and can be considered as the basis for implementing the competence approach, while achieving the unity of education and upbringing.
He is a scientific advisor of 26 PhD holders, and a scientific consultant for 12 doctoral research defenses on Pedagogy and Psychology.
The results of his research are reflected in more than 500 publications, among which there are 14 monographs, manuals for students, various conference journals, mostly international ones, as well as scientific articles publishes abroad in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, and the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
During the last five years he published more than 30 articles which are widely quoted; his quotation index makes him one out of ten leading authors in Pedagogy and Psychology of Russia.
For many years Andrey Verbitky has been organizing and leading schools and seminars for professors and school teacher of Moscow and regional educations centers all over Russia: Abakan, Volgograd, Voronezh, Georgievsk, Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Lipetsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Tagil, Omsk, Perm, Ryazan, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk, Minsk.
He has been an active participant and the leader of designing various state documents among which there is “Concept of Lifelong Learning” (1989), “Concept of Continuous Postgraduate Education” (1991); he also took part in research projects of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation “Higher School of Russia”, “Innovation Pedagogical Technologies” (1995–2000); as a scientific leader of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation project “Research on the Conditions of Transfer to the Competence Model of Training of Students of the Humanities” (2010–2012).
He has been a key plenary speaker of international and Russian conferenced on the issues of education in Russia and abroad (England, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Iraq, Spain, Canada, Kazakhstan, China, Portugal, Finland).
Andrey Verbitsky holds numerous awards, such as VDNKh Silver medal for the development of the concept of postgraduate education; Badge «For Excellent Success in Work» of the State Educational Establishment of the USSR; Veteran of Labor; Honored Worker of Higher Professional Education; the Golden Medal of the Russian Academy of Education «For Achievements in Science»; K.D. Ushinsky Medal, Diploma and Gold Medal of the European Scientific and Industrial Chamber «For Outstanding Professional Achievements».