London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Intercultural teaching

Author(s) Welwert, G. & Svensson, I-M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
This study is about a one-day work-shop where 12 international students (Europe, South-America and Australia) met 5 Swedish students about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Children. This was based on mixed working-groups and the participants were assigned different Articles so that their experiences from their home countries on the Convention became the base from which to develop new knowledge. Their different experiences were supposed to focus on similarities and differences, to be discussed, problemitised and shaped into large wall-painting. The comprehensive socio-cultural theory of learning was used to identify communications through observation and video-recording. The wall-paintings were presented and interpreted by the students. All material was analyzed according to socio-semiotic theory. Cultural tools contribute to the development of knowledge, adding new understanding to practical attainments. We chose visual and informal talk as our working form: this way of planning the lessons is supported because the visual material remains over time, everyone has access to it and discussion is easy for all. The students learn to reflect on their own cultural background to compare this, and showed the different ways they looked on children and their living conditions, and their different interpretations of the Convention. Key words: CRC, Hands-on, Socio-cultural learning, Mixed group

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