This edited collection highlights the diversity of perspectives within the broad field of intercultural education, focusing on education in modern multicultural societies, as well as exploring the role of migrant populations as modern citizens. The chapters examine these themes both through historical analysis, tracing the pathway of intercultural education back to ancient Greece, before focussing on modern multicultural societies. It also discusses intercultural learning issues in multicultural contexts, dynamic approaches and practical applications in modern classrooms and the main issues in teacher training in relation to immigrant students.
The volume highlights the need to design more effective social and educational policies for immigrant populations, on the basis of respecting, protecting and supporting all social groups, irrelevant of their country of origin, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, socio-economic class or religious beliefs. It brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from well-known authors in the field as well as from younger scholars and researchers. The result is a mixture of ideas that will provide food for thought and discussion to an international readership.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Intercultural Education.
1. Intercultural education: conceptual and empirical challenges in a new age Nektaria Palaiologou Part 1: Conceptual contributions 2. Ancient Athenian democratic knowledge and citizenship: connectivity and intercultural implications Jagdish S. Gundara 3. Educating citizens in diverse societies James A. Banks 4. Intercultural education and the crisis of globalisation: some reflections David Coulby 5. The modern intercultural persona and civitas: tracing the path back to the ancient Greek Demoi Nektaria Palaiologou 6. Partitions, identities and intercultural education: an exploration of some key issues Leslie Bash Part 2: Empirical Studies 7. School leadership and ethnic diversity: approaching the challenge Fred Carl Andersen and Eli Ottesen 8. Students’ reactions to a group project in a university English-as-a-foreign-language class for cultural understanding Kumiko Fushino 9. Music and intercultural dialogue rehearsing life performance at school Maria de São José Côrte-Real 10. The relevance of multilingualism for teachers and immigrant parents in early childhood education and care in Germany and in France Nathalie Thomauske 11. School, cultural diversity, multiculturalism, and contact Camilla Pagani, Francesco Robustelli and Cristina Martinelli Examples of best practice 12. The educational program Zajedno Jači (Stronger Together) in Croatia Sanja Španja