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ERIC Number: ED453119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-19
Pages: 12
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Beyond Multiculturalism: Towards a Unification Theory for the Improvement of Cross-Cultural Communication.
Jongewaard, Steve
This paper discusses an emerging unification theory of multiculturalism and global education called "transcultural universalism." The paper considers a "universal citizenship profile," of what it consists, and how it is formed. The paper asks four questions: (1) What key citizenship characteristics are essential for today's highly diverse, complex classrooms? (2) What can we draw from a convergence of the fields of multiculturalism and global education that will help us derive a new theoretical understanding of cross-cultural interaction? (3) What knowledge, skills and dispositions comprise the essential components of this synthesis? and (4) How can this theory and these components be taught, practiced, and measured? The paper identifies six characteristics of transcultural universalism: cross-cultural adaptability, geographical global awareness, contextual global awareness, empathetic activism, shared values, and trans-cultural awareness. It also presents a model for transcultural universalism, and reports on a study of the effectiveness of combining certain teaching techniques with selected content for student attainment of key characteristics of transcultural/universal citizenship. Contains 3 figures and a 38-item working bibliography. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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