ERIC Number: EJ774339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 50
The Problem of Cultural Fit--What Can We Learn from Borrowing the German Dual System?
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v37 n4 p463-477 Aug 2007
Culture impedes educational transactions between developed countries, and is often an area of tension when developing countries try to borrow models, or have models imposed upon them. This article uses the German Dual System as a case for examining issues surrounding the adaptation of borrowed models. Since attempts at borrowing models can fail for cultural as well as non-cultural reasons, a contention here is that culture needs to be unpacked and laid bare, to avoid it becoming the too easy answer for failure. Borrowed models have a greater chance of taking hold, if the conditions that forged them are understood, and if conditions of the receiving country are likewise internalized. Limits imposed by culture have to be recognized. Four approaches to cultural borrowing that conceivably can reduce the tensions are proposed namely, partial borrowing, pilot borrowing, customization and conceptual borrowing.
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Vocational Education, Comparative Education, Models, Educational Methods, Cultural Differences, Culturally Relevant Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany; South Korea; United Kingdom (England); United States