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Sustainable and Solidary Education

Reflections and Practices

Edited By Monica Tilea, Oana-Adriana Duţă and Alina Stela Reşceanu

This volume of thematic studies offers multifaceted interpretations of education for sustainable and solidary development (ESSD). It is a joint work of academics, teachers and researchers covering the domain of education from the perspective of economy, social sciences, language studies, communication and pedagogy. The authors propose a range of reflections and empirical studies which refer to: various means and methods for an effective teaching/learning process; transversal skills related to ESSD; and the importance of financial resources and quality assurance in education. The unitary and original endeavour of this volume establishes a common meeting point for devising up-to-date methods and practices across disciplines, with a view to supporting sustainable and solidary education.

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Cultural Stereotypes Corrupting Indexical Meaning: How to Fight Prejudice through Education (Oana-Adriana Duță)


Oana-Adriana Duță

Cultural Stereotypes Corrupting Indexical Meaning: How to Fight Prejudice through Education

Abstract: Concepts such as cultural awareness and international solidarity have emerged in the most recent years as a much-needed focus of education: not only are they fostered and developed through specifically oriented training programmes, but they are increasingly integrated in general subjects by means of relevant teaching materials, aids and methods. One of the obstacles that have to be overcome by education for sustainable and solidary development refers to stereotypes that are deeply rooted in the students’ mentality. Our contribution details the results of research undertaken with a group of 21-year-old students from the University of Craiova. The research took place during a Spanish language class, based on a short film produced in 2013 as part of a project on educational development in Spain and Latin America. The analysis of the students’ answers to an open-ended questionnaire helps us observe that some cultural stereotypes are so firmly implanted in the students’ mentality that they manage to corrupt and invert the meaning of the numerous indexical signs present in the video. Thus, even though semiotic theory defines indexical meaning as easily detectable based on the principle of contiguity, our study shows that, in this case, the interpretation is significantly altered by the students’ pre-existing stereotypes and prejudices. In our opinion, this highlights that prejudices should be actively fought through education, in order to avoid an erroneous representation of the world we live in and...

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