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ERIC Number: EJ905352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Guiding Discussions in the Class about Ethnic Diversity
Radstake, Hester; Leeman, Yvonne
Intercultural Education, v21 n5 p429-442 Oct 2010
In the literature on intercultural education there is an abundance of text about what ought to be going on in the classroom and a lack of empirical descriptions of the dilemmas of intercultural education in practice. This article describes the practice of five teachers guiding discussions about sensitive issues in ethnically diverse secondary education classes in the Netherlands. On the basis of the literature, we differentiated five requirements regarding the role of teachers in these discussions. With the help of interviews we mapped the objectives and approaches that the teachers considered to be desirable and attainable. Observations gave an impression of what teachers actually did and said. The results show the courage and fears, dilemmas and solutions of the teachers. Four teachers experienced difficulties with various professional requirements. These findings give us a starting point for understanding and rethinking the professional development needed for the guidance of these types of discussions. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands