East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet? Cover Image
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Wschód to Wschód i Zachód to Zachód, i nigdy się nie spotkają?
East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet?

Students from Eastern civilizations in the University of Warsaw

Author(s): Zoja Morochojewa, Matylda Urjasz-Raczko, Anna Wróbel
Subject(s): Media studies, Studies of Literature, Communication studies, Theory of Communication, Theory of Literature, Sociology of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: internationalization; University of Warsaw students; identity; Eastern and Western civilizations; Dialogue Centered Learning (DCL)
Summary/Abstract: The article presents the main conclusions from the sociological research conducted in 2014–16 among the foreign students from Eastern Europe and Asia at the University of Warsaw (UW). The authors argue that the UW represents a “classical” university education, the aim of which is reproduction of one model of subjectivity: a citizen related to a one-culture national state. The foreign students, though, are representing quite a different model of socialization. While in the European social world this is an individual, who is in the centre, striving to be autonomous and independent, in Eastern civilizations a notion of “Me” is based not on an individual subjectivity, but on the ability to launch a and support the relation with “Other”. The authors argue that a new model of education should be taken into account at the UW: a Dialogue Centered Learning (DCL) program, which takes into account these differences in the perception of an individual and the world in the East and West.

  • Page Range: 293-309
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Polish