Social/Cultural Venn Diagram
really enjoyed researching the
similarities and differences of
American culture versus Italian Culture. The reason I chose to
interview and research on the Italian culture is because my husband is Italian. His mother is a second-
generation Sicilian woman, and she was kind enough to elaborate more on her culture for me, which was very
insightful. I learned a lot more about the Italian culture after researching on topics such as individualism,
respect, values, and higher education views.
American and Italian Culture share numerous cultural characteristics, however the few I found in my research
include compulsory education, higher education, and collaborative learning. Students attending school in the
United States would benefit from the views on the importance of higher education. Majority of American and
Italian students go through their compulsory education with the understanding that when they graduate, college
is either expected or available for them to apply. A student who is coming from America to Italy (vice versa)
will carry the same expectation or same knowledge of access to higher education regardless of the country they
Collaborative learning with students and teachers may make a transition easier for a student
coming from Italy because they are already accustomed to that learning style.
Like similarities, both the American and Italian cultures share many differences. For instance, Americans are
more cooperative, whereas Italians are more competitive. This may cause conflict for a Italian student in
America, since Americans are not all used to being competitive. Americans are also more self-absorbed,
whereas Italians are more concerned about spending time with their families and enjoying good food together. I
am not saying that there are no Americans out who do not enjoy having family time and sharing good food, I
am just saying that it is apparent in the way America operates and in its high levels of individualism.
Personally, the area of any culture that interests me the most is morals. I researched the morals of Italian
culture and American Culture and found that we are very different in the things that we value. As previously
mentioned, in Italian culture they value family and American culture, they value self. For me, having knowledge
of other's morals, leads me to be open-minded and thoughtful about how they may have developed those morals
in the first place. Knowing morals of different cultures also lead me to have a higher respect for those cultures.
Higher Education is
with Students and
Moral values are family
Stands up when elder
enters room to show
Smile to show respect.
Moral values self-