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Intercultural Education

Theories, Policies and Practices, 1st Edition

Edited by Derek Woodrow, Gajendra K. Verma, Maria Beatriz Rocha-Trindade, Giovanna Campani, Christopher Bagley


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Published in 1997, this volume is a result of a number of European Union and Council of Europe initiatives. The major stimulus came from an intensive course held in Lisbon in 1994 as part of two Erasmus networks exploring the nature of intercultural studies on a European-wide basis. Although the concepts of multiculturalism and interculturalism have frequently been discussed within a British context, this book draws on the interlocking and comparative persectives of specialists in education and teacher training in several European countries including Spain, France, Italy, Britain and the Netherlands. Educational policies and theories of identity are compared and there are special sections in multilinguism, teacher training, curriculum development, relationships between different ethnic groups and a vision of the future of intercultural education in Europe. The issues discussed in the book are significant in the development of modern societies as they seek to come to terms with the revolution in intercultural relations brought about by mass communications and global transport. The world is rapidly having to come to terms with cultural and social differences which can no longer be kept separate in their protective groups.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview. Part I: Educational Policy and Theories of Identity. 2. Intercultural Education: Policies within Europe. 3. The Epistemological Status of Theoretical Beliefs. 4. Social Construction of Theoretical Beliefs. 5. Inequality and Intercultural Education. 6. Issues and Problems of Representation in a Comparative European Context. Part II: Interculturalism and Language Issues. 7. Theory, Language and Socio-political Perspectives. 8. Language Diversity and Intercultural Education. Part III. Interculturalism and Multicultural Education. 9. Multicultural Education and the Concept of a Culture: A View from Social Anthropology. 10. Intercultural Education in the United Kingdom. 11. Intercultural Education: The Reality in Italy. Part IV: Interculturalism, Curriculum and Teacher Education. 12. Intercultural Education in Portugal. 13. Intercultural Education and Teacher Training. 14. Comparative Issues in Teacher Training Programmes, planning in Developing countries. 15. Cultural Diversity, Curriculum Development and Support. 16. Citizenship, National Identity and the Europeanisation of the Curriculum. 17. Intercultural Issues in Health Education. Part V: Interculturalism and Intergroup Relations. 18. Classroom Relationships in Three Cultures: Comparative Classroom Ambience in the UK, France and Lithuania. 19. Conflict Between Social Groups: Cognitive Psychology and the Reduction of Conflict between Groups. 20. Multi-Ethnic Marriage and Interculturalism in Britain and the Netherlands. Part VI: Conclusions. 21. Pluralisms and the Future of Multicultural Education.

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