Cross-Cultural Communication: International Communication

Proceedings of the
Mirny Regional Scientific-Practical Conference on Inter-Cultural Communication:
Issues of Politics, History, Language and Literature

Mirny Polytechnic Institute and Sakha (Yakutsk) State University
Mirny, Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
27-28 April 2002

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A Cross-Cultural Orientation in Pedagogy

by L.I. Fedorova
Head of the Department of Pedagogy
Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences
Sakha (Yakutsk) State University

Throughout the world, ethical and pedagogical concepts are similar about the upbringing of the next generation as mentally rich and developed personalities, clever, brave, faithful, honorable, and industrious. We live in the world inhabited by individuals belonging to various ethnic and cultural groups, however. Therefore, a necessity exists for an education that will help the groups representing different cultures, not only to co-exist, but also to live together in harmony. Such cross-cultural education should be presented as a process, by means of which the students are provided with knowledge, experience, and familiarity with the cultural origins of the all individuals with whom they are preparing to develop a world with equal rights.

The cross-cultural approach in education admits the cultures of others. It helps the students to function more effectively within the frames of cultures and to realize that each ethnic, racial, religious group makes its own contribution with its unique cultural tradition.

The cross-cultural approach gives special attention to ethnic studies and language programs in the framework of the traditional structural activities of the school, which contains a variety of cultural traditions. This approach takes into consideration the philosophies of nations, their interpretations of human nature and of the human being's place in the surrounding environment; for the development of any ethnos [ethnic group or nation] cannot be maintained in isolation, disconnected from the existing cultures that comprise the world's culture.

It perceives that each ethnic group possesses unique characteristics and that, at the same time, all groups share the common characteristics of the society in which they live.

A cross-cultural orientation means that each people [ethnic group, nation] has the right to preserve and develop its culture as an organic part of the whole, keeping a balance between national and international elements. This is a necessary condition for the co-existence of many cultures, for their interactions and inter-relationships.

The cross-cultural approach emphasizes the importance of preserving and developing the national [including ethnic] cultures in the world, for each culture has its own originality and value contributing to the whole in the system and cycle of life.

A cross-culturally oriented educational institution should provide a transference of the centuries-old experiences of the peoples, particularly their moral traditions. It should form a national self-conscience that is open to other cultures and that will satisfy the needs of contemporary civilized development.


Citation Guidelines

Fedorova, L.I., "The Cross-Cultural Orientation in Pedagogy", translated by I.A. Abolentseva, Cross-Cultural Communication: International Communication, Proceedings of the Mirny Regional Scientific-Practical Conference on Inter-Cultural Communication: Issues of Politics, History, Language and Literature (27-28 April 2002), Mirny Polytechnic Institute and Sakha (Yakutsk) State University, edited by S.A. Mousalimas, 2002, available at http://www.OxfordU.net/mirny_international-2002/fedorova.html.


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