"Self-education as a branch of the sociologic knowledge: problems of constituting" (by
Elena Shuklina) pleads for establishing another independent field of sociological knowledge -
sociology of self-education basing main conclusions on the fact of growing significance in the
coming century of a continuous education. The outstanding aspects of the sociological branch
are discussed in detail. Analyzed are social and theoretical issues, subject and topics of
sociology of self-education, sociologic approach to this matter, its essentials, contents, levels,
forms and social stipulation, as well as mechanisms of institutional and extra-institutional
regulations of the sphere.