Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education: Perceptions, Opportunities and Challenges

Inmaculada González-Falcón
University of Huelva, Huelva, Spain

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: SOC008000

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Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education: Perceptions, Opportunities and Challenges is the result of a collective work by different European, American and Asian experts. The aim is to encourage reflection on cultural diversity in the area of social sciences, particularly in the field of education. To this end, it includes different research and theoretical works with an in-depth study of the concepts that teachers and different educational professionals have in relation to cultural diversity, analysing the most common responses to cultural diversity management in the socio-educational sphere, highlighting the hurdles, supports and opportunities that mediate said process, and emphasising the main challenges to overcome in the development of an intercultural school and inclusive society.

The different thematic areas studied include the value of anthropology in understanding the cultural diversity of contemporary societies, the socio-economic conditions influencing the socio-educational inclusion of immigrant families, the educational administration’s policies and initiatives on interculturality, how educational professionals conceive cultural diversity, how cultural diversity is managed in schools, the training needs of teachers in intercultural skills, the possibilities of the intercultural curriculum and second language learning for the inclusion of immigrant students, and the acculturation and assimilation processes of the Roma community in schools. This volume – consisting of ten chapters – has a clear international and interdisciplinary projection, combining the views of anthropology, sociology and pedagogy. The studies presented highlight the value of qualitative and ethnographic research as well as the active role of students, teachers and school in change, research and innovation. This book is a fundamental resource for all those interested in intervention and research on cultural diversity in the socio-educational field.

Preface

Chapter 1. We Are All Contemporaries: Time and Cultural Diversity
(Vincenzo Matera, Department of Sociology and Social Research, Milano Bicocca University, Milan, Italy)

Chapter 2. Protective Capacity of Immigrant Families in Times of Economic Crisis: Consequences for Their Children’s Socio-Educational Inclusion
(Inmaculada González-Falcón, María de la O Toscano Cruz and Inmaculada Gómez-Hurtado, Department of Education, University of Huelva, Huelva, Spain)

Chapter 3. Cultural Diversity Management: Contributions from Leadership and Inclusive Education
(Lina Higueras-Rodríguez and Marisa Mártires, Departments of Didactics and School Organization, University of Granada, Granada, Spain , and others)

Chapter 4. Teachers’ and School Counsellors’ Approaches to Cultural Diversity in the School Setting
(Moshe Tatar, Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jersualem, Israel)

Chapter 5. Intercultural Competence: The Challenge for Contemporary Teaching
(Paola Dusi, Department of Human Sciences, University of Studies of Verona, Verona, Italy)

Chapter 6. Research in Teacher Training for Intercultural Education
(Asunción Moya Maya and Mª Pilar García Rodríguez, Department of Education, University of Huelva, Huelva, Spain)

Chapter 7. Shaping Curriculum from the Margins: Reconciling Universalism and Cultural Pluralism in Peru
(Eric D. Torres, Martín Valdiviezo and Carmen Diaz-Bazo, Department of Education Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, US, and others)

Chapter 8. Unresolved Issues in Second Language Learning by Immigrant Students: Challenges and Opportunities
(María José Arroyo González and Ignacio Berzosa Ramos, Department of Pedagogy, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain)

Chapter 9. Challenges in Roma Education: Unveiling Anti-Gypsyism in Italian Schools
(Stefania Pontrandolfo, Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy)

Chapter 10. Cultural Diversity and City Projects in the Eu
(Jong Youl Hong, Minerva College, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea)

Index

“This book is highly recommended to all researchers, managers and professionals in the socio-educational field interested in understanding the keys to cultural diversity and the opportunities and challenges presented by its positive management. The authors set out from the assumption of cultural diversity as wealth, promoting different research and practices that allow progress towards the configuration of inclusive schools and intercultural societies. The tome, consisting of 10 chapters, has a clear international and interdisciplinary projection, aptly combining the views of Anthropology, Sociology and Pedagogy. The result is a complete book that presents the principal advances in the study of cultural diversity in the socio-educational area.” - Agostino Portera, University of Verona, Italy

"This publication presents a comprehensive review of the current knowledge on cultural diversity. The studies presented highlight the value of qualitative and ethnographic research and the active role of students, teachers and school in change, research and innovation. I find the book well written, comprehensive, and well worth reading. The work is a fundamental resource for all those interested in intervention and research on cultural diversity in the socio-educational field. I congratulate the authors in producing an excellent work." - Barbara Schramkowski, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Germany

"The work allows reflection on the salient concepts, opportunities and challenges for positive management of cultural diversity in school and beyond. This monograph mirrors the deep understanding of the authors of the whole broad multidisciplinary field of intercultural education and inclusive school practices. The book summarises knowledge in a condensed and readable form. For everyone working in this expanding field or interested in it, this book is a must to keep within reach on the shelf." - Carolina de Sousa, University of Algarve, Portugal

"This volume constitutes an excellent opportunity to delve into the research and management of the cultural diversity in the social sciences sphere. The thematic areas approached help respond to questions such as what anthropology can contribute to cultural diversity today, how to tackle the socio-educational inclusion of immigrant families, how the beliefs of education professionals affect their responses to cultural diversity, which alternative models there are for teacher training in intercultural competences, what the options available for construction of an intercultural curriculum are, what opportunities for the inclusion of immigrant pupils in the school are projected by second language teaching, how to encourage inclusive processes in the Roma community, and which educational and urban policies and measures stand out in response to cultural diversity." - Francisco Javier García Castaño, University of Granada, Spain

Keywords: Cultural diversity, education, intercultural school, inclusive society, cultural diversity management, educational administration’s policies, immigrant families, family-school relationship, intercultural skills, multiculturalism, interculturalism, intercultural curriculum, second language, immigrant studentes, Roma community, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Sociology, Pedagogy, qualitative and ethnographic research, educational innovation.

The book is a fundamental resource for all those interested in intervention and research on cultural diversity in the socio-educational field. It is recommended especially for university teachers, university students, PhD students and researchers of Pedagogy, Sociology and Anthropology.

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