Department Seminar Series - Sep 2017 Prof. Shih-Ying Yang

Department Seminar Series - Sep 2017 Prof. Shih-Ying Yang

Wisdom and Integration of Different Cultures

Professor Shih-Ying Yang

Department of Educational Policy and Administration, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

Abstract

Wisdom pertains to a pursuit of the common good that often transcends cultural boundaries. Hence, wisdom is related to integrating different cultures. This study examines the relationship between wisdom and the integration of different cultures by analyzing and evaluating interview transcripts from 66 Taiwanese individuals who have been judged to be wise. Interview transcripts were analyzed for content. Using several criteria, raters evaluated the analysis results and judged the degree to which the wise individuals had integrated different cultures. Results showed that most of the wise individuals had firsthand experiences of cross-cultural interaction and were able to integrate different cultures. Broadly, the individuals strived to learn from other cultures, while still identifying with their own culture. This study also utilized statistical analyses to explore the relationships among ratings of the integration of different cultures and the wise individuals’ demographic variables. The individuals’ integration of different cultures was related to cross-cultural experience and age. The raters gave older, wise individuals who had cross-cultural experience significantly higher ratings for integrating different cultures. The results suggest that wisdom is related to the integration of different cultures, and that both cross-cultural experience and age may play a role in the integration of different cultures.

Speaker’s Bio:

Shih-ying Yang is a professor and researcher in psychology. She got her Master’s degree in education from Harvard University (Harvard Graduate School of Education) and her doctoral (Ph.D.) degree from the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Her research interest in wisdom, leadership, learning from important and meaningful life experiences, life management and life planning, and Taiwanese Chinese indigenous psychology, and Confucianism. She is currently a distinguished professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at National Chi Nan University in Taiwan. She published articles in Leadership Quarterly, Cross-cultural Psychology, Intelligence, New Ideas in Psychology, Journal of Adult Development. She also contributed several book chapters to several edited books. She was also a recipient of research awards, including research award from National Science Council in Taiwan and Outstanding Research Awards from National Chi Nan University (2009, 2016). Her business E-Mail is shihying@ncnu.edu.tw.

Topic:    Wisdom and Integration of Different Cultures

Speaker:  Professor Shih-Ying Yang, Department of Educational Policy and Administration, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

Date/Time: 4 September, 2017, 2-3pm

Venue: E4A623, Macquarie University

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