ATTITUDES TO STUDENT AMBIDEXTERITY IN FAMILIAL AND EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
References: 3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2016, www.sgemsocial.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-72-8 / ISSN 2367-5659, 24-31 August, 2016, Book 1 Vol. 3, 81-88 pp, DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/B13/S03.012
This article examines ambidexterity as a phenomenon associated with a lack of individual preference for use of a specific hand when performing different actions. This study seeks to answer the question if ambidexterity is an outstanding ability or pathology, a norm or an idiosyncrasy? Should we try to develop ambidexterity or limit its manifestations? Can we use ambidexterity to improve the productivity of modern workers belonging to Generation Z?
The article also focuses on the problem of attitudes to ambidexterity in the familial and educational environment. The total sample included 51 students under 20 years old and 98 parents. The authors applied an original questionnaire, which consisted of three parts: identification of ambidextrous abilities; students’ attitude to ambidextrous people; and the experiences of parents who have ambidextrous children.
As a result, it was found that the majority of the respondents demonstrated neutral attitudes towards ambidexterity and that the manifestations of ambidexterity were minimal when the respondents were using traditional tools (for example, a pen, a pencil, a cup, etc.), and these manifestations became more pronounced when the respondents were asked to operate modern gadgets (for example, a tablet computer, a TV remote control, a smartphone, flash drives, etc.).
Our research has found differences between the views of parents and students about ambidexterity as a phenomenon and as a source of human potential. It is important to conduct further studies of ambidexterity since it can contribute to the fulfillment of human potential.
Keywords: ambidexterity, attitude to ambidexterity, manifestation of ambidexterity
PAPER DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/B13/S03.012 ; ATTITUDES TO STUDENT AMBIDEXTERITY IN FAMILIAL AND EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
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