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Intercultural Training and Education

Intercultural Training and Education

The plea of intercultural education is to « take culture seriously in education »: what should this mean for intercultural education? Why are school systems so weak in promoting the school success of students from minority groups? How far are teachers competent to acknowledge cultural diversity, to address the needs of students with diverse cultural references and diverse experiences? What difficulties do teachers encounter in teaching a diverse class, what difficulties do teachers’ trainers experience in preparing teachers for interculturality? After identifying the different facets of the cultural dimension of education, we will critically consider what has been accomplished by intercultural education so far.


  • To reach a more comprehensive understanding of intercultural education, addressing all the facets of the cultural dimension of education;
  • To provide students with an overview of issues concerning worldwide multiculturalism and cultural diversity;
  • The students will acquire knowledge of the theories and practices used in multicultural education in different national contexts;
  • To explore the critical views of both intercultural and multicultural education with similarities and differences examined;
  • To define and explicate approaches to the training of intercultural competence, with a focus on distinguishing those based on cross-cultural psychology and intercultural communication.


  • Intercultural education in schools: consequences for training of teachers;
  • University mobility: multiculturality or uniformization: implications for didactics;
  • Mono- ou intercultural approaches in educational policies;
  • Education and intercultural competence training;
  • New media, social networks, cultures and «sub-cultures».


Akkari Abdeljalil
Pia Stalder