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ERIC Number: ED187626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Intercultural Education. Fastback 142.
Hoopes, David S.
This document discusses current goals, problems, priorities, and curricular approaches to intercultural education. Traditionally, international education looked at the world in segments. It stressed gathering information about separate cultures and analysis of power relationships. Now, however, the concept of a global society is emerging. One recent event that made people realize that the world is interdependent was the oil embargo. In order to understand why the Arabs behaved as they did we had to find ways to see the world from their perspective. The ability to project oneself into the mind of another is a critical skill which intercultural education must teach to help people move from the local or microculture to the national or macroculture to the global culture. Broadly speaking, the aim of intercultural education is to prepare students to cope with global interdependence and cultural pluralism which involve relationships, events and forces that cannot be contained within old national or cultural boundaries or fit old definitions of how intercultural and ethnic groups relate to each other. Problems facing intercultural education include deeply embedded assumptions about cultural values and resistance from some segments of educational leadership. Priorities in the field include the development of specialists and the introduction of intercultural education experience into teacher training courses and research. Some classroom curricular approaches now focus on world issues, global concepts, cultural and value awareness, and experiential learning. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Culture, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Education, International Relations, International Studies, Objectives, Problems, Teaching Methods, World Affairs
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75, quantity discounts available)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon.
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.