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ERIC Number: EJ1155321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2005-615X
New Means and New Meanings for Multicultural Education in a Global-Italian Context
Barzanò, Giovanna; Cortiana, Paola; Jamison, Ian; Lissoni, Maria; Raffio, Lorenzo
Multicultural Education Review, v9 n3 p145-158 2017
In today's multicultural world, digital tools may become a powerful means to building a culture of dialogue that supports "culturally responsive" teaching within imaginative multicultural learning environments. Students can develop global competencies, learning more about others' and their own culture as part of their personal development. Our paper presents the experience of "Rete Dialogues", a network of Italian state schools that have created a professional learning community and enacted the international project "Generation Global". Through technologies such as videoconferences and online communities, students, supported by their teachers, can meet peers from various cultures. After referencing the development of the notion of multiculturalism, we interpret our experience through the lenses of Banks' five dimensions. We then focus on a "teamblogging" initiative that involved 2000 students and over 200 teachers, discussing examples from students' digital dialogues and brainstorming next steps in the practice of multicultural education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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