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Defining the education cultures

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Education cultures have no relationship to one's cognitive or mental abilities. Instead they are based on the educational levels of individuals. Remember a culture is defined as a group of people sharing similar situations significant enough to shape their thought processes or behaviors. Education cultures are normally a result of the number of years one has spent in schooling.

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People seem to have natural connection to someone who has shared their experiences. College and University alumni have an automatic bond with others who have experienced college or university life. This connection grows even stronger when two people have attended the same institution and then even stronger if they lived in the same dorm.

Sometimes there is a different connection. Almost every state has at least two colleges that are strong rivals. A graduate of Michigan State University will often have a friendly rivalry with the graduate from the University of Michigan. Normally these are very friendly rivalries that sometimes get out of hand.

In the business world these bonds can lead to a natural affinity between two peers or a subordinate supervisor. There is a competition between people of a particular education level will often attempt to prove they are better than people in a different education culture. For example, a Harvard graduate may feel they are better than someone who went to a trade school. That feeling is likely to change when they need an electrician.

Predominant subcultures:

  • Doctorate achieved
  • College or university alumni
    • Commuters
    • Fraternity or sorority
    • Campus or near campus housing
  • Trade schools
  • High school diploma
  • GED

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