Learners’ Cultures in the Context of Education

  • Thomas RichterEmail author
  • Heimo H. Adelsberger
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 583)


Job-related migration has been fostered across Europe balancing unemployment in one country with demands for employees in others. However, the numbers of early school leavers and university dropouts significantly increased in the hosting countries. We propose a higher measure of cultural sensitivity in education in order to prevent frustration. The Learning Culture Survey investigates learners’ expectations towards and perceptions of education on international level with the aim to make culture in the context of education better understandable. After a brief introduction, we subsume the steps taken during the past seven years and found results. Subsequently, we introduce a method for the determination of conflict potential, which bases on the understanding of culture as the level to which people within a society accept deviations from the usual. We close with demonstrating the usefulness of the data and insights from our Learning Culture Survey in the context of practical scenarios.


Culture-sensible education Educational culture Culture-related conflicts in education Learning culture survey 



Even though we did not yet apply for or receive public or private funding for our research on educational culture, we would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions and support we received from our team, friends, colleagues, students, institutions, organizations, translators, and many others.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TELITUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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