October 26, 2008

Culture

In my opinion, culture is a multilingual dictionary. Just as one can look up all kinds of words in the multilingual dictionary, people can gain an overview of different countries in the world through their different culture.

I used to think that the key concept of culture lies in the difference, because each country has its own culture. However, since I started to study the British Culture this year, my understanding of the concept of culture has changed. I have recognized that although Britain owns her special culture, she also experienced many similar changes in economy, politics, education and society, as China did. For example, in politics, both Britain and China underwent the period of different parties' domination. While it is an instance, I think it reflects that different countries have cultural connections to some degree. Therefore, since I studied culture this year, I have noticed that different countries can have cultural connections, just as the definition written on the wikipedia website, ¡¡ãCulture can be defined as all the ways of life including arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture) And I hold that this definition describes the general concept of culture of all countries in the world. Thus, now I support the idea that different countries can still have cultural connections. As I mentioned at the beginning, culture is like a multilingual dictionary, while there are many kinds of definitions in different languages, they describe the same word. So, in many situations, culture may not focus on differences, it may put more emphasis on similarities.


October 13, 2008

The Party of Tocil – 13/10/2008

Tobight I went to the party of Tocil with my flatmates. Actually it is the first time I joined my flatemates' activity. Indeed I felt very good. Perhaps the party can be considered as the turning point of my life in Warwick. In fact, I have been worried for failing in adapting to the life in Britain for a long time. Fortunately, tonight, the party offered an opportunity for me to get to know more about my flatemates. I think it is really cool.

Now I feel that I am getting used to the life here. And I feel very relaxed and excited. I will cherish all the chance to get into the life here. I will try my best!


October 10, 2008

The Difference between Learning and Education

Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Obviously, learning and education are two different words. They have different meanings; they belong to different categories; and while they may sometimes have connections, these two words are not the same. So, in the following paragraph, I will mainly focus on the definition to explain these two words¡¯ difference.

Firstly, learning is great knowledge got by studying. Education is the process of teaching people, especially in a school college. Besides, on the Wikipedia web page, it says that learning is one of the most important mental functions of humans, animals and artificial cognitive systems. It relies on the acquisition of different types of knowledge supported by perceived information, while education encompasses both the teaching and learning of knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency. Further more; learning ranges from simple forms of learning classical conditioning seen in many animal species, to more complex activities such as play, seen only in relatively intelligent animals and humans, while education focuses on the cultivation of skills, trades or professions, as well as mental, moral and aesthetic development, which learning does not value.

Therefore, in general, learning can be conscious and not conscious, while education is conscious in most situations, which I suppose that means education needs the participation of teachers and learners.


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