Political, economic and cultural transformations, Poland’s accelerated opening to the world and the possibilities of increased contacts with other nationalities as the result of integration with the EU, invasion of global mass culture should make Polish citizens’ attitudes towards other nations more open. Especially those young people studying geography are expected to present greater openness as the scientific discipline which they have chosen gives them a very good chance to develop open-mindedness towards representatives of other nations.
This paper discusses the results of research on the level of a cultural openness (the level of acceptance and the scale of distance) performed among geography students towards selected nations of Europe. The aim of the research was to test of openness; it is a test of the degree of acceptance and the scale of students’ distance to representatives of selected nations living in Europe. Ranking classification of factors determining the level of this openness such as: university and city where respondents study, sex, sense of identity, how the position of the Poles and Poland in Europe is perceived, number of contacts with representatives of other nations, self-assessment of knowledge of Europe.
Piróg D., 2008. Main factors affection the level of an openness of geography students towards European selected nations – a Polish perspective [W:] Future prospects in geography (red. Donert K., Wall G.) Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, s. 109-120.