Fostering intercultural understanding through secondary school experiences of cultural immersion

Walton, Jessica, Paradies, Yin, Priest, Naomi, Wertheim, Eleanor H. and Freeman, Elizabeth 2015, Fostering intercultural understanding through secondary school experiences of cultural immersion, International journal of qualitative studies in education, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 216-237.

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Title Fostering intercultural understanding through secondary school experiences of cultural immersion
Author(s) Walton, JessicaORCID iD for Walton, Jessica
Paradies, YinORCID iD for Paradies, Yin
Priest, Naomi
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Freeman, Elizabeth
Journal name International journal of qualitative studies in education
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 216
End page 237
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0951-8398
Keyword(s) intercultural understanding
Intergroup contact
cultural immersion
sister school
Summary In parallel with many nations’ education policies, national education policies in Australia seek to foster students’ intercultural understanding. Due to Australia’s location in the Asia-Pacific region, the Australian government has focused on students becoming “Asia literate” to support Australia’s economic and cultural engagement with Asian countries. Drawing on Allport’s optimal contact principles and key factors supporting intercultural understanding, this study examines two “sister school” cultural immersion trips in Indonesia and East Timor to explore ways in which their different approaches supported positive intergroup contact and helped foster intercultural understanding among students. Focus groups and interviews with school project teams and analysis of both researcher and teacher project field notes and documents suggested that these schools’ programmes could be mapped onto Allport’s contact principles in different ways. The paper concludes with promising approaches that can help to inform sister school programmes.
Language eng
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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