Importance of Cultural Capital in the Twenty-First Century Teacher Education in Latvia

  • Austra AvotinaEmail author
  • Ieva Margevica-Grinberga
Part of the Yearbook of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) book series (ENOS)


The purpose of this research was to investigate the relation between cultural capital and the individual’s cultural and intercultural competence in the contemporary information society. The cultural capital and its accessibility are the most influential factors in the development of cultural competence as a result of arts education. Globalization, integration and social conditions create the necessity to be tolerant, open-minded and helpful, respond flexibly to complex problems and be well prepared for living in a continuously changing environment that has richness of cultural diversity. This article analyses two characterizing aspects of the information society, and the challenges placed upon the education system, specifically teacher education in Latvia created by increasing migration. The authors provide an insight into a study of the experiences of young teachers when working with children who have migrated from other countries. The study concludes by providing a theoretical framework and conclusions based on the research outcomes regarding the challenges related to supporting teacher education in Latvia.


Cultural competence Teacher education Cultural capital Cultural diversity Intercultural society Information society 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Art and TechnologyUniversity of Latvia, Faculty of Education, Psychology and ArtRigaLatvia

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