International Perspectives on Intercultural Education

International Perspectives on Intercultural Education

International Perspectives on Intercultural Education

International Perspectives on Intercultural Education


International Perspectives on Intercultural Education offers a comprehensive analysis of intercultural education activity as it is practiced in the countries of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, England, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Chapters by key scholars and practitioners from these nations inform the reader of current educational practice related to diversity. Each author, responding to a common series of guiding questions, presents:

• a brief description of the national educational system in her or his country;

• descriptive data on demographics in these countries, including data on various subgroups and subcultures and their experiences with the mainstream educational system;

• a discussion of the perceived obstacles to addressing intercultural issues in schools and solutions to overcoming these obstacles; and

• a comprehensive analysis of intercultural information on how teacher preparation institutions address intercultural education at the present time.
An overall concern of each chapter author is how intercultural approaches can be employed to solve the difficulties faced by both individuals and schools while maintaining the cultural integrity of the child.


The new millennium will provide educators the world over with untold opportunities as well as obstacles in their quest to provide an education for all. Social, political, economic, and technological advances will continue to make education attainable to an ever-increasing number of students. At the same time, students served by most educational efforts will be increasingly diverse in terms of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. Accommodating the needs of such a diverse community of learners will be no easy task, especially given the fact that teachers the world over tend to be rather homogeneous and cross-culturally inexperienced. Nevertheless, efforts to address the educational needs in many diverse societies continues to develop.

This volume, International Perspectives on Intercultural Education, is an attempt to expand the dialogue about multicultural or intercultural educational efforts by reviewing the various issues, policies, activities and approaches underway in many diverse nations of the world. Education researchers and practitioners from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, Romania, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have provided a survey of the multicultural dimensions of their respective nations while analyzing the educational responses to such issues. These nations have histories rich in cultural complexity, yet they are diverse in their educational responses to these issues. There is something to be gained by studying the approaches others have taken.

This volume will be of interest and use in a variety of graduate level courses. Multicultural education courses will benefit from a global comparison of issues. International and comparative education, and teacher education in general will benefit by providing a survey of the ways in which various countries are preparing teachers to work with all children. This volume also should be of interest to educational policy analysts who will be able to compare education in a variety of contexts as they go about their business of addressing the needs of refugee, immigrant, and minority populations.

I extend my thanks to those who have provided assistance and feedback during the development of this volume. In particular, Dr. Raul Gagliardi of . . .

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