Place, Language and Culture as Definitions of Educational Space Cover Image

Vieta , Kalba, Kultūra Kaip Švietimo Erdvės Apibrėžtys
Place, Language and Culture as Definitions of Educational Space

Author(s): Zigmas Kairaitis
Subject(s): State/Government and Education, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Politics, Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: M. Lukšienė; national school; place; geoculture; geocultural identity;

Summary/Abstract: At the beginning of the reform of education, the shallow (trivial) discussion on the establishment of a national school was raised. This article aims at reviewing how Doctor Meilė Lukšienė and some of her colleagues understood and interpreted the concept of a national school. Geocultural analysis of educational environment in Lithuania takes up a great part of the article. According to I. Wallerstein ir D. Zmiati’s research, geoculture is defined as a formation, development and result of geographical images. Similarly to S. Šalkauskis and A. Maceina’s claims at their time, it has been stated that Lithuania still remains in the zone of geocultural and geopolitical influences and intersections. Special attention is paid to language as the link between a human and a place, things. Referring to the insights of A. Šliogeris and V. Kavolis’, it is emphasized that only language and memories can bring a human to his existential place. That is supported by our exodus literature. The last part of the article discusses geopolitical identity, described as the cultural subject’s (individual, state) identification with the culture, tradition of some certain territorial area. A scheme of geocultural areas has been presented. In Lithuania, geocultural researches (investigations in spheres of literature, language, culture, philosophy) have been started only recently. Results of these researches should extend the scope of interfaces between humans and culture as well as educational spaces raised by M. Lukšienė.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 74
  • Page Range: 172-182
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Lithuanian