Psychological and Pedagogical Issues of School Learning: Cultural Aspects of Family and School Socialization and Education Processes



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course concentrates on the most important factors of the formal and informal knowledge construction and knowledge transferring processes, like family/informal socialization and institutional/formal education. We consider these institutions and processes themselves also cultural constructions. Along the contemporary literature and research we unfold the cultural specificities of these systems and processes showing that without at least a basic understanding of the cultural aspects of the family and school socialization/education processes our understanding on these phenomena can be only partial and temporary. We also shed light on the family and school socialization/education processes of minority children in Hungary (eg. immigrant, ethnic minority, Gypsy and other minority children). On the course we also analyze a number of research methods that are typically used by the contemporary researchers of the cultural aspects of family/institutional socialization/education processes.

  • Georgas, J., Berry, J.W., van de Vijver, F., Kagitcibasi, C. & Poortinga, Y.H. (Szerk.) (2006). Families accross cultures: A 31-nation psychological study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kagitcibasi, C. (2007). Family, Self, and Human Development Across Cultures: Theory and Applications, Second Edition.Hillsdale: Laurence Erlbaum.