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Teaching interculturality ‘beyond' culture: Challenges and future possibilities

Ferri, Giuliana; (2022) Teaching interculturality ‘beyond' culture: Challenges and future possibilities. In: Dervin, Fred and Sude, Mei Yuan, (eds.) Teaching Interculturality 'Otherwise'. Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter presents the reader with a question: Is it possible to teach interculturality ‘beyond’ culture? I begin with the assumption that interculturality is not a neutral term and that it is always ideological and political. I refer in particular to the dominance of Western-centric constructs of cultural competence, cultural awareness, and cultural adaptation, and I contextualise interculturality within current movements to decolonise knowledge. Taking the example of teacher education in England, the chapter suggests possible approaches to teach interculturality beyond culture, presenting some of the challenges that emerge when leaving the comfort zone of cultural difference and intercultural competence. The chapter aims to highlight the need to introduce decolonial and critical approaches to interculturality, equipping student teachers to become agents of change in promoting social justice in the classroom.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Teaching interculturality ‘beyond' culture: Challenges and future possibilities
ISBN-13: 9781003345275
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781003345275
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003345275
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164493
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