Background: The relevance of research into professional value orientations of pedagogical university students is associated with the search for scientific framework of future teachers’ professional education within information society and the cultural change conditioned by it.
Purpose: The paper aims to detail professional orientations and changes thereof throughout students’ training at the pedagogical university.
Design/methodology/approach: The proportion of personal and professional values in the pedagogical university students has been identified by correlation analysis of test results.
Findings: The results of the students’ professional value orientations formation largely correlate with their professional background: experience, employment period, and the nature of their practical and scientific research activity in pedagogy. In most cases, bachelor degree students reach the medium formation level of professional value orientations by the end of their third year, while the top level is achieved by the graduates only rarely. No significant correlations with age, sex, and speciality (both focus and profile of major degree programs) have been observed. It has been found that professional situations where the students make a free choice between personal and professional values are an important factor.
Conclusions: It is with the formation of professional value orientations that the students’ identification within the profession is associated: in most cases, they start identifying themselves as professionals as soon as they reach the medium formation level of the said orientations. The materials of the paper can be of use for teachers and administration of pedagogical higher educational institutions in constructing the academic and educational process.
Keywords: values, orientations, profession, meanings, conflict, identity, education