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Teaching Diversity - Jos Hilte

  1. 1. Teaching diversity Jos Hilte Mix-In Conference on diversity in higher education 22–23 March 2010 Amsterdam
  2. 2. Intercultural work or Dealing with diversity <ul><li>How do you train people for that within Higher Education </li></ul>
  3. 3. Short history <ul><li>The eighties </li></ul><ul><li>Confrontation with patients, clients and students </li></ul><ul><li>In education, especially Dutch as a Second Language </li></ul><ul><li>Eating and dancing </li></ul><ul><li>The nineties </li></ul><ul><li>Hesitant beginnings of methodology development </li></ul><ul><li>Urgency through placements in the field of professional practice </li></ul><ul><li>Result </li></ul><ul><li>Activities and training sessions in preparation for the practice placements </li></ul><ul><li>After 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Strong progression in methodology development </li></ul>
  4. 4. Training in perspective development <ul><li>Film and novel analysis as case histories </li></ul><ul><li>Work forms/role playing about culture differences </li></ul><ul><li>Building ‘walls’ + reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Writing and presenting a cultural autobiography </li></ul>
  5. 5. The way the learning is organized (leer-arrangement) <ul><li>Criteria cultural biography </li></ul><ul><li>Literature study </li></ul><ul><li>Anthropological knowledge/theory </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective change as the goal and the </li></ul><ul><li>autobiography as the means to achieve this </li></ul>
  6. 6. Criteria cultural autobiography <ul><li>Describing own identity as (prospective) professional </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete examples of point of departure, values and personal qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of own cultural baggage in intercultural exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Influence of life events and family context on own values and norms </li></ul><ul><li>Strength/weakness analysis of intercultural competencies </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cultural autobiography <ul><li>“ I feel as if I am at a crossroads. I am 26 years old now. </li></ul><ul><li>Since I have been on this study programme I have learned a lot about myself. I have better insight into my qualities and myself as a person, what I want and don’t want” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>“ I love working with people because their life stories fascinate me. These stories have made a person what he or she is and I try to build a bond with each client and from this to see what is unique and to make a link with the interests/stories of clients. Up to now this has gone well. I can say that I have a natural talent for this. In my previous year (in the third study year) during supervision I only became aware of this quality, making contact with the other by means of an intens sensitivity for what is going on around me”. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In fact I find myself in a sort of liminial phase, comparable to someone who has migrated to a new country and has to find his or her way. </li></ul><ul><li>The anthropological term liminality offers a concept that provides insight into the transition from one phase to another. </li></ul><ul><li>The liminial phase is the phase in which you have left the old behind you but have not yet embraced the new .” </li></ul>