London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Intercultural communication skills and students’ attitudes: transnational projects as an instrument in citizenship education

Author(s) Melinda A. Dooly, Maria Villanueva  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2005  
Editor A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
As Europe becomes more unified and simultaneously local environments become more diversified, education systems are expected to be a central instrument in facilitating mutual understanding and respect for other individuals and cultures. Such a school culture needs teachers with conviction, who have not only positive attitudes to these challenges, but also procedural knowledge about intercultural communication. This paper discusses a transnational project promoted European-minded citizenship through the joint training of future teachers. Aspects of it will be described, followed by the results of discourse analysis of three comparative groups, which clearly demonstrate that students involved in the international project exhibited greater open-mindedness toward diversity, thus suggesting that such experiences would be a positive factor in future educational strategies.

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