London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Correlation between quality of life, social creativity and tolerance among students

Author(s) Vidnere, M. & Oļukalne, D.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2011  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World  
Age group -  
The topicality of the research is also connected with the growing uncertainty in the economic conditions and labour market in Latvia, with the result that people constantly face different situations and restrictions, encounter different behaviour models of individualities which determine the complicated character of social interaction situations; therefore it is necessary to find and in an efficient way to use non-standard, original problem solutions in seemingly unsolvable situations as well as in order to promote collaboration, to choose behaviour models grounded on social tolerance. Tolerance is one of the most essential personality traits in our contemporary world – in the conditions of globalisation, integration, migration, cross-cultural processes. The goal of this research is to investigate correlation between social creativity and tolerance among Latvian and Russian students. Methodology: one hundred students participated in the research. Theoretical analysis of scientific sources, empiric research using K. Abulhanova methodology for diagnosing levels of social thinking, and G.U.Soldatova, O.A.Kravcova and O.J.Huhlayev methodology of calculating the tolerance index. Results: the research analysis confirmed the correlation between social creativity and tolerance (ethnic tolerance, social tolerance and tolerance as a personality trait). Conclusion.: after summarising the results a conclusion can be made that students’ social creativity level, taken as a whole, does not reach even the mean; relationships between the social creativity and tolerance indices are positive, it means that in case social creativity increases also tolerance level increases; but the reverse cannot be excluded – with the increase of tolerance level also social creativity increases. Evaluating the tolerance indices obtained, the mean tolerance level dominates both in ethnic and social tolerance among the selection, only indices of personality traits differ slightly. Further work: comparatively low social creativity indices require a more detailed study of separate factors. Keywords: Social Creativity, Ethnic Tolerance, Social Tolerance, Tolerance As A Personality Trait

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