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What is intercultural education?

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Presentation delivered to staff at Bangkok Patana School on 2nd May 2011, based on the findings of a group of staff who met several times in the academic year 2010-11 to explore the importance of …

Presentation delivered to staff at Bangkok Patana School on 2nd May 2011, based on the findings of a group of staff who met several times in the academic year 2010-11 to explore the importance of intercultural issues in education. Visit http://interculturalism.blogspot.com for more of our findings.

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  • 1. What is intercultural education?
    10 Pointers to help us understand and agree what intercultural education can involve
    Image Source: Flickr Some rights reserved by Philou.cn
  • 2. Image Source: Flickr Some rights reserved by HoriaVarlan
    1) “Interculturalism” is ‘bigger’ in scope than “internationalism”
  • 3. Internationalism
    Interculturalism
  • 4. 2) Cultural learning applies to explicit, visible stuff as well as less obvious but important stuff ‘below the surface’
    Image Source: Flickr  Some rights reserved by Drew Avery
  • 5. Beliefs
    Values
    Perceptions
    Assumptions
    Rules
    Expectations
    Thought Processes
    Norms
    Learning Styles
    Time-Orientation
    Status
    Gender Roles
    Space-Orientation
    No-Verbal Communication
  • 6. Image Source: Flickr  Some rights reserved by spacepleb
    3) ‘Intercultural competence’: we can develop a set of skills and understandings
  • 7. 4) Developing our own sense of identity
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  • 8. 5) Celebrating who students are as individuals can be an ideal‘way in’ to explore, celebrate and understandcultural difference
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  • 9. 6) We all experience multiple cultures
    Image Source: Flickr  Some rights reserved by Sarah and Iain
  • 10. Image Source:
    Allan, M.J. (2002: 78) See References Slide.
  • 11. Image Source: Flickr  Some rights reserved by laszlo-photo
    7) Intercultural education
    should also
    explore similarity
    of experience
    despite differences in
    cultural heritage
  • 12. 8) Intercultural education is continuous, and can not really be achieved through isolated, one-off events
    Image Source: Flickr  Some rights reserved by themonnie
  • 13. 9) Genuine intercultural education takes place within all aspects of the school community, not just the formal curriculum
    Michael Allan (2003) has identified 8 aspects of school that
    contribute to intercultural learning:
    Source: Allan, M.J. (2003: 105) See References Slide.
  • 14. 10) We have a definition of interculturalism:
    Interculturalism at Bangkok PatanaSchool
    is about interaction, understanding and mutual respect.
    We aim to ensure that cultural diversity in our community
    is acknowledged, actively supported and celebrated.
    We believe in inclusion for all cultures by
    design, planning and practice.
    Image Source: Flickr Some rights reserved by greeblie
  • 15. References
    Allan, M.J. (2002) Cultural borderlands: a case study of cultural dissonance in an international school. Journal of Research in International Education, 1 (1):63–90. (p. 78 for the diagram, referenced for ‘pointer’ 6)
    Allan, M.J. (2003) Frontier crossings: cultural dissonance, intercultural learning and the multicultural personality. Journal of Research in International Education, 2 (1): 83–110. (p. 105 for the intercultural learning programmes, referenced for ‘pointer’ 9)
    The iceberg graphic (‘pointer 2’) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Further information on the license, including reference to several works that inspired it, is here.
    This presentation was originally delivered to staff at Bangkok Patana School on 2nd May 2011. Posted via slideshare initially on our Interculturalism Matters blog.
    Our school’s definition of interculturalism is partly inspired by a definition given by the NCCRI

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