Intercultural Education and Competences: Challenges and Answers for the Global World
This book primarily analyses the current situation in intercultural education and intercultural competences, and addresses the challenges to, and possible ways of dealing with, different perspectives in intercultural education.
Advances in the new millennium, such as the revolution in information technologies, have led to a reduction in distances between people, stronger ties between different geographical areas, and greater mobility. This volume examines how these advances seem to have given rise to profound economic, environmental, political, social, and cultural crises, not just within nations, but also in relations between cultures.
Such crises are of concern to all aspects of human life, including family, work and mass media, but they particularly affect educational institutions. The papers in this collection explain, therefore, why it is necessary to invest in education.
Agostino Portera is Professor of Intercultural Education and Director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies at the University of Verona, Italy. His research focuses on identity in intercultural education and intercultural competences. From 1998 until 2006, he was a board member of the International Association for Intercultural Education, and he is now on the editorial board of Intercultural Education. He has published books and articles on immigration, identity, multicultural and intercultural education, and intercultural competence.
Carl A. Grant, PhD, is a Hoefs-Bascom Professor in the Department of Curriculum and former Chair of the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. From 1993 to 1999, he was President of the National Association for Multicultural Education. He has written more than one hundred journal publications and has authored or edited more than fifty-five books.
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