London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Intercultural Education: Cases of good practice in Iceland

Author(s) Rúnarsdóttir, E., Ingvarsdóttir, H., Adalbjarnardóttir, S.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Multicultural education in Iceland is examined as part of a project analysing multicultural teacher education in Poland, France, Greece, Iceland and the UK. Iceland had little immigration until after 1990, since when their number has increased rapidly. Icelandic policy is that immigrants have equal status with Icelanders in their rights and duties in their new society. An immigrant council proposes policies on the integration of immigrants. Schools and authorities have new roles, responsibilities and opportunities. In designing curriculum guidelines, schools are encouraged to teach and support immigrant students who attend the school. Though many teachers felt unprepared to work in multicultural settings, but individual schools and teachers have met this challenge.

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