Making a Difference Through Intercultural Dialogue

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“When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue. Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear; for his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered. When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more”. – The Prophet, Gibran Kahlil Gibran As education practitioners, there are always critical moments in our profession that make us reflect on our work impact and why we do what we do in […]

Faceless American

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Kayla Cochran is a junior at Old Dominion University pursuing a degree in Painting and Drawing and an additional degree in Art History. She is also a Gallery Host at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. You can reach her at kaylamcochran@icloud.com and you can find more of her work on Instagram @kay_cochran_ Submitted by Elliott C. Jones, Associate Professor & CDA, Art Department, Old Dominion University

International Story Circles Supported by Visuals: tackling language barriers and encouraging reflective thinking

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In the Postgraduate Programme International Educating Class (PIEC), a UNESCO associated programme at the University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL, Belgium), students follow a course titled ‘Making Cultural Diversity work’, that aims at honing intercultural competence by adopting requisite attitudes, increasing knowledge, and expanding their skills repertoire for communicating across cultures. Students deliver an individual portfolio, in which they narrate personal intercultural experiences (like experiencing Story Circles) and make sense of them with reference to theoretical concepts from course readings and lectures such as multiple identities, otherising, or small cultures. The experience-based and interaction-oriented approach in the course creates a conducive environment […]

Intercultural Dialogue: Why we need it in our classrooms

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Globalization has changed the way the world operates. The world is changing at a very fast pace and globalized societies have made effective cross-cultural communication more important than ever. These changes have provided many opportunities, and challenges  and to respond constructively to the changes of the 21st century, students need to be equipped to understand, critique and transform the social and cultural conditions they live in. This calls for a transformation in education focused on developing skills for multicultural understanding. The aim of such a transformative intervention is to enable the learners’ understanding to transition from an ethnocentric to an ethnorelative stance […]