London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Open your mind: Planning the dynamics of intercultural education.

Author(s) Misiejuk, D.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Multiculturalism reflects on the coexistence of values associated with different ethnic or national groups and how people and groups may be accepted or rejected. Analyzing school practice in intercultural education projects suggests that teaching of European and Global Citizenship gives students new competences of reading and decoding symbols of cultural traditions different from their own, and understanding different experiences and cultural heritage. Openness is not an innate skill; it has to be taught through deconstructing ones’ identity, heritage and the traditional system of values. Building a cultural identity and being open are in tension. Intercultural education is recognized as inter-disciplinary process which promotes understanding, acceptance and empathy, as well as constructive harmonious relations between people of different cultural backgrounds.

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