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Teacher Education as Preparation for Diversity
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4817-0135
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates how teacher education prepares student teachers to gain knowledge and experiences required to meet the needs of Swedish preschools with children with linguistic, religious and cultural diversities. The theoretical point of departure is Paulo Freire´s concepts of “generative themes”, dialogue and transformation, through examination of articles, policy documents and other materials available in intercultural/multicultural education. Findings indicate: importance of preschool teachers understanding of diversity among colleagues, children and parents; listening to children; giving closer attention to parents’ perspectives; helping children to understand and respect diversity; engaging with disadvantaged children’s diverse experiences; using good examples that illustrate unity in diversity; considering conflicts relating to children´s rights; and dealing with curriculum and preschool practice. Exposing students to realities outside university may include inviting experienced preschool teachers, giving cases for discussion, showing films to be analysed, etc. Materials should show both opportunities and difficulties of working in intercultural/multicultural environments. 

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Intercultural communication, intercultural education, intercultural perspective, preschool, preschool teacher education.
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Social Sciences
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74866OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-74866DiVA, id: diva2:1355092
Conference
Interculturality in Teacher Education and Training: Methodologies, Criticality, and Sustainablity. June, 17-19, KAU
Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-26 Last updated: 2019-09-26

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