Towards reflexive ethnicity: museums as sites of intercultural encounter

Walton, Jessica, Paradies, Yin and Mansouri, Fethi 2016, Towards reflexive ethnicity: museums as sites of intercultural encounter, British educational research journal, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 871-889, doi: 10.1002/berj.3241.

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Title Towards reflexive ethnicity: museums as sites of intercultural encounter
Author(s) Walton, JessicaORCID iD for Walton, Jessica
Paradies, YinORCID iD for Paradies, Yin
Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi
Journal name British educational research journal
Volume number 42
Issue number 5
Start page 871
End page 889
Total pages 19
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 1469-3518
Keyword(s) identity
reflexive ethnicity
Social Sciences
Education & Educational Research
Summary In a highly globalised world with increasing ethno-nationalistic tensions and conflicts, the importance of intercultural education has never been greater. The challenge remains, however, as to whether educating for mutual respect and social cohesion can be achieved through traditional modes of schooling or whether additional approaches that are not necessarily school-centric are required. Drawing on in-depth qualitative data including video diaries, narrative interviews and focus groups with Australian secondary school students and semi-structured interviews with teachers, this paper discusses such an endeavour in which a museum exhibition on identity and belonging is employed as an interactive space for meaningful encounter among students and as a form of professional learning that enlivened teaching practice. Using the concept of reflexive ethnicity, this paper examines whether cognitive and affective encounters outside the ‘school gate’ create opportunities for critical learning about ethnicity that can complement and enhance school curricula and classroom learning. More importantly, the paper explores how the possibility of building on such activities to create and sustain teaching practice can challenge entrenched static notions of ethnicity.The paper concludes that reflexive encounters with ‘difference’ within an interactive museum space can unsettle prejudice and provide a deeper and more meaningful understanding of ethnic identity that goes beyond rote classroom learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/berj.3241
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID LP120100080
Copyright notice ©2016, British Educational Research Association
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