ERIC Number: EJ1024295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Turbulence in Intercultural Communication Education (ICE): Does It Affect Higher Education?
Dervin, Fred; Tournebise, Céline
Intercultural Education, v24 n6 p532-543 2013
This article examines a rather neglected context of intercultural education: intercultural communication education (ICE). ICE can be found in different fields such as business, applied linguistics, intercultural communication and health education, amongst others. The authors start by reviewing the latest and ongoing changes ("turbulences") in the way that "intercultural" is conceptualized in this field and form a template for analysing a focus group with lecturers focusing on intercultural communication in the Nordic country of Finland. Our analysis shows that these practitioners, who are also researchers specialized in intercultural communication, share discourses about the importance of the "intercultural" in education, but that they are unable to clearly position themselves within the existing polysemic definitions and approaches. The current turbulences seem to have very little coherent impact on the way they talk about the "intercultural".
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Higher Education, College Faculty, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Focus Groups, Multicultural Education, Definitions, Business Education, Discourse Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Finland