Making the Most of Intercultural Education

Many different words are used to deal with diversity in education, such as cross-cultural, meta-cultural, polycultural, multicultural and intercultural, as well as terms like global and international. Some are trendier than others, some more political. Some of these words are used in certain parts of the world, while others are rejected.

This volume concentrates on the notion of the ‘intercultural’ and makes sense of its polysemy in education. As such, in research and practice, my intercultural may not mean the same as your intercultural. My intercultural might have different values and ideologies than your intercultural.

The contributors also propose considerations on how to make the most of ‘renewed’, critical and reflexive approaches to intercultural education in a breadth of contexts and countries, including Argentina, Australia, France, Iceland, Tunisia and the UK. The book will appeal to students and teachers, as well as to confirmed researchers who will gain inspiration and new insights into the increasingly contested notion of the ‘intercultural’ in education.

This book is part of a series. View the full series, "Post-intercultural Communication and Education", here.


Heidi Layne is a Researcher at the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research interests include critical pedagogy and postcolonial perspectives on teacher education, immigration and social justice, and the internationalization of higher education.

Virginie Trémion is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at the Catholic University of Paris, France. Her specialities include language and intercultural education, and the use of digital technologies in education.

Fred Dervin is Professor of Multicultural Education at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Dervin has published extensively on intercultural competence in language and teacher education. He is one of the most critical voices on the meanings of interculturality today (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/dervin/).

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ISBN: 1-4438-7257-1

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7257-7

Release Date: 18th March 2015

Pages: 145

Price: £41.99

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