Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding is a comprehensive resource for educators in primary and early years classrooms. It provides teachers with a complete framework for developing intercultural understanding among pupils and includes practical and creative strategies and activities to stimulate discussion, awareness and comprehension of intercultural issues and ideas.
Drawing on the most current research and work in the field of intercultural competence and existing models of intercultural understanding, this book explores topics such as:
understanding culture and language
the importance of personal and cultural identity
engaging with difference
cultivating positive attitudes and beliefs
embedding awareness of local and global issues in students
designing a classroom with intercultural understanding in mind.
With detailed ready-to-use, enquiry-based lesson plans, which incorporate children's literature, talking points and media resources, this book encourages the practitioner to consider intercultural understanding as another lens through which to view the curriculum when creating and choosing learning materials and activities. Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding sets out to help the reader engage young hearts and minds with global and local concepts in a way that is easily integrated into the life of all primary schools - from New York to New Delhi, from Birmingham to Bangkok.
Debra Rader is a former primary school headteacher with over 30 years' experience teaching and working with children and families from multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. She is an international educational consultant and develops programmes and workshops linked to intercultural understanding.
Introduction Using This Book PART ONE - Compelling Pedagogy for Our Times Chapter 1 What is Intercultural Understanding? Chapter 2 Why is Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding Imperative? Chapter 3 Starting With Ourselves: Reflection and Self-knowledge PART TWO - Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Understanding Chapter 4 Exploring Culture and Language Tokyo Friends/Tokyo no Tomodachi by Betty Reynolds Sharing Cultural Artefacts: Create a Gallery Space Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World by Roseanne Thong Chapter 5 Understanding and Valuing Personal and Cultural Identity The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi Personal and Cultural Identity Map Project: My Map Book by Sara Fanelli Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M Zubizarreta Chapter 6 Cultivating Transformative Beliefs, Values and Attitudes The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper What Does It Mean to be Global? by Rana DiOrio Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson Chapter 7 Engaging With Difference Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman One Green Apple by Eve Bunting The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson Chapter 8 Developing Essential Intercultural, Interpersonal and Life Skills When Sophie's Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt by Molly Bang Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories by Aliki Chapter 9 Embedding Local and Global Issues For Every Child: The rights of the child in words and pictures UNICEF text adapted by Caroline Castle One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss Peace Begins With You by Katherine Scholes PART THREE - Putting it into Practice: Modeling, Living, and Learning Intentionally Chapter 10 Designing Learning and Living Spaces with Intercultural Understanding in Mind Chapter 11 Applying Our Knowledge, Using Our Skills and Living Our Values Chapter 12 Helping to Create a Better World Appendices Appendix A Children's Literature for Developing Intercultural Understanding Appendix B Multimedia Resources Appendix C Web-based Resources Appendix D Resources for Educators and Parents Appendix E Partnering With Parents Appendix F Connecting with the Community Appendix G Organisations that Promote Intercultural Understanding Appendix H Templates for Lesson Plans