Identifying and developing effective approaches to foster intercultural understanding in schools

Walton, Jessica, Priest, Naomi and Paradies, Yin 2013, Identifying and developing effective approaches to foster intercultural understanding in schools, Intercultural education, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 181-194.

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Title Identifying and developing effective approaches to foster intercultural understanding in schools
Author(s) Walton, Jessica
Priest, Naomi
Paradies, Yin
Journal name Intercultural education
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 181
End page 194
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1467-5986
1469-8439
Keyword(s) intercultural programs
Intercultural understanding
multicultural education
school
student
Summary This paper provides a systematic review of education literature focused on identifying school-based approaches for developing students’ intercultural understanding. Studies were assessed using selection criteria and then critically appraised for study quality. A key finding from the review is that developing students’ intercultural understanding beyond cultural awareness requires students and teachers to take a critical approach toward cultural diversity, as well as the opportunity for ongoing intercultural and intergroup contact. Studies reported that only building cultural awareness and knowledge is not enough to promote long-term changes in attitudes. There is a need for more rigorously evaluated longitudinal school-based interventions. Finally, studies consistently call for investment in teachers’ professional and personal intercultural capabilities. The paper concludes by calling for school-based interventions that are informed by best practice approaches at a whole school level in order to effectively develop students’ intercultural attitudes and skills.
Language eng
Field of Research 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057329

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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