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ERIC Number: EJ1128574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2005-615X
Problematizing Finland's Pursuit of Intercultural (Kindergarten) Teacher Education
Layne, Heidi; Dervin, Fred
Multicultural Education Review, v8 n2 p118-134 2016
The argument that teachers should become ethical intercultural teachers is increasingly recognized as legitimate. This article presents a case study in kindergarten teacher education in Finland, a country that has been at the center of global discussions about quality education. The authors question the agenda for studying and teaching in an intercultural kindergarten teacher education program. The adopted theoretical framework problematizes the discursive relationships between desire, politics of interculturality, and interculturality itself in teacher education. Interviews were conducted with seven student-teachers and three teacher-educators. The data were analyzed using critical content analysis. The research findings reveal unstable and often problematic discourses of interculturality in teacher education, and suggest some guidelines for strengthening it further in this context but also in higher education in general.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland (Helsinki)
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