Mapping the Broad Field of Multicultural and Intercultural Education Worldwide: Towards the Development of a New Citizen

Nektaria Palaiologou, Gunther Dietz
Cambridge Scholars Pub, 2012 - 553 páginas
The issues which are discussed in the 29 chapters of this volume address core matters with respect to modern diverse societies. The most important relate to the following: the societal needs of migrant populations and the educational needs of their children; the exclusivist policies which usually impact upon migrant groups; the need to enrich school texts and curricula with new intercultural and citizenship dimensions; the importance of integrating the notion of Paideia within the school ethos and educational programmes.

This volume has a dual aim. The first aim is to envisage the field of Multicultural and Intercultural Education from different disciplines at the international level, describing the new educational and social conditions that have been created by recent migration and identifying new trends in the field.

The second aim is to highlight the importance of Multicultural and Intercultural Education in the development of a new citizen, who moves around the world, interacting with different people, and has a dynamic and flexible identity with polymorphic personal, social and cultural characteristics a new intercultural persona.

To sum up, this volume highlights that authors coming from different continents share some common ideas and tend to believe in the notion of Intercultural/Multicultural Education as a useful new dimension within the dynamics of many disciplines, as a new inter-disciplinary approach that is embedded within them and which characterizes modern societies.

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Nektaria Palaiologou is Assistant Professor of Intercultural Education in the Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education at the University of Western Macedonia (UoWM) and is currently a board member of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE). She is an Associate Editor of the journal Intercultural Education (Taylor and Francis). Nektaria Palaiologou has written three books on Intercultural Education in Greek and has translated and edited, also in Greek, two international books (Prof. Gundara's Intercultural Europe: Diversity and Social Policy and Prof. Banks' Diversity and Citizenship Education). As Guest Editor, she recently published a special issue of the journal Intercultural Education entitled Intercultural Education: New Century, New Needs. Conceptual and Empirical Challenges (August 2011, Vol. 22, No. 4). Her current research interests focus on educational issues and policies for migrant children in Greece, and on teachers' education and training in the field of Intercultural Education. Gunther Dietz is currently Research Professor in Intercultural Studies at Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico. His latest books include Multiculturalism, Interculturality and Diversity in Education (Waxmann, 2009), Islam in Education in European Countries (co-editor; Waxmann, 2009) and Interculturalidad y educacion intercultural en Mexico (co-author, Mexico-City, 2011). From 2010-2012, he served as General Secretary of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE).

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