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Dialogs on Diversity and Global Education

Edited By Mirja-Tytti Talib, Jyrki Loima, Heini Paavola and Sanna Patrikainen

Intercultural and ethical issues are part of our daily lives. They share characteristics that make them particularly sensitive and sometimes volatile. The challenges that increasing diversity brings into education and schools in general are many as can be seen in this volume, for instance, in the Scandinavian countries, Estonia, United States, Canada, Japan and China. There are conflicting interpretations of multiculturalism and interculturalism. Culture plays a key role in different interpretations: North America is more tuned into hybrid aspects of students’ identities, while in many European countries ethnicity still dominates the discussion. Good teachers make a difference. They have an understanding of the socio-political context of education as well as intercultural competence. The essays in this book portray multicultural, intercultural, and global as well as theoretical and practical approaches to diversity and education.

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5 Table of contents Dialogs on diversity and global education ............................................................ 7 Multicultural education and intercultural education: Is there a difference ......... 11 Gunilla Holm and Harriet Zilliacus Teachers’ intercultural competence and education for global responsibility ..... 29 Rauni Räsänen Global education in a multicultural school ......................................................... 51 Hannele Cantell and Matti Cantell Solidarity, courage, and heart: What teacher educators can learn from a new generation of teachers ............................................................................... 65 Sonia Nieto Finnish and Japanese pre-service teachers’ preparedness for diversity .............. 85 Mirja Talib and Sari Hosoya How to develop an intercultural school: Experiences from Sweden ................ 107 Pirjo Lahdenperä The language immersion program at school entry in Estonia ........................... 123 Leida Talts, Airi Kukk and Maia Muldma Multicultural teaching in Manitoba (Canada), Norway and Iceland ................ 135 Kristín Aðalsteinsdóttir, Guðmundur Engilbertsson and Ragnheiður Gunnbjörnsdóttir Cultural diversity challenging history education: Why and how ...................... 147 Arja Virta Headmasters’ conceptions of school festival traditions .................................... 161 Arto Kallioniemi, Kaarina Lyhykäinen and Antti Räsänen Interaction in consultation discussions: Building partnerships with culturally diverse families ................................................................................ 171 Leena Andonov Leaning for work: Student career aspirations in China and Norway ................ 189 Lihong Huang

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