ERIC Number: EJ832156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Reference Count: 7
Tolerance as Understood by Young Russian and German Volunteers in Social Work
Sikorskaia, L. E.
Russian Education and Society, v50 n12 p50-62 Dec 2008
In 2006 the author and her colleagues carried out the sociological survey "Tolerance in Volunteer Social Work." They sought to determine the attitudes that young Russian and German volunteers of social work have when it comes to tolerance as a concept, a trait of personality, a principle of life and activity. They studied the various forms and manifestations of tolerance. The correspondents were 150 young people between the ages of nineteen and twenty-four (both Russians and citizens of Germany). The questionnaire survey was conducted in higher educational institutions in a number of regions of the Russian Federation (120 people) and among German volunteers who were taking part in the program "Volunteer Social Year in Moscow, 2005-6," who had come from different cities of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) (thirty people). The study revealed that almost all of the Russian and German volunteers who were surveyed are familiar with the term and concept "tolerance." For almost 65 percent of them what tolerance means, first and foremost, is "showing respect for the other person without regard to your relationship to him." This provides evidence, once more, of the universal nature of volunteerism as a form of voluntary social service whose purpose is to make positive changes in the social sphere of society through charitable activity of the kind that also needs to be supported in our country, striving for improvement in consideration of our specific historical conditions. The survey confirmed that the principles and motives of volunteerism, and voluntary social work itself, help to instill in a young person not only the skills that are necessary for professional growth but also vital qualities such as industriousness, mercy, good will, and a humane and tolerant attitude toward other people.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Volunteers, Social Work, Cultural Pluralism, Social Attitudes, Late Adolescents, Young Adults, Questionnaires, College Students, Cultural Differences, Cross Cultural Studies, Motivation, Ethics, Altruism, Attitude Measures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Russia