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Helakorpi, Jenni; Lappalainen, Sirpa; Sahlström, Fritjof – Intercultural Education, 2019
Although Finnish politics relating to the Roma tend to be perceived internationally as fairly successful, several obstacles exist for the Roma in education and the labour market. Training of Roma mediators has been actively promoted in Finland to improve the school performance and equality of Roma pupils. This article, based on ethnographic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Minority Groups, Power Structure, Ethnography
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Johnson, Esko; Hynynen, Nina – Intercultural Education, 2018
This research paper deals with intercultural knowledge and knowing as displayed in higher education student portfolios. The portfolios were written by student pairs taking a global education course at Centria University of Applied Sciences, Finland, during seven academic years. Conceptual metaphor theory and metaphor analysis were utilised to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Portfolios (Background Materials), College Students
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Mansikka, Jan-Erik; Westvall, Maria; Heimonen, Marja – Intercultural Education, 2018
This article addresses the role of general music education within the framework of cultural diversity. The empirical part of the article focuses on teachers in Swedish-speaking minority schools in Finland and their perceptions of the relationship between music and multicultural perspectives. The results showed that in some instances it took some…
Descriptors: Music Education, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Case Studies
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Schwieter, John W.; Ferreira, Aline; Miller, Paul Chamness – Intercultural Education, 2018
English-speaking learners of L2 Spanish who were taking part in a four-week study abroad program in Spain and Japanese-speaking learners of L2 English who were individually studying in year-long abroad experiences participated in the present study. Quantitative and qualitative data from language questionnaires and contact profiles along with…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Student Attitudes, Metalinguistics, Second Language Learning
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Kimanen, Anuleena; Kuusisto, Elina – Intercultural Education, 2017
This paper investigated Finnish youth's perceptions on what supports or prevents understanding between people holding different worldviews, especially religious and non-religious ones. A survey using projective, open-ended questions was conducted examining factors that enhance or damage inter-worldview dialogue among Finnish lower secondary school…
Descriptors: World Views, Secondary School Students, Content Analysis, Foreign Countries
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Filippou, Kalypso; Kallo, Johanna; Mikkilä-Erdmann, Mirjamaija – Intercultural Education, 2017
This paper employs an intercultural perspective to examine students' views on master's thesis supervision and the roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students. The 302 respondents who answered the online questionnaire were enrolled in international master's degree programmes in four Finnish universities. The study revealed asymmetric…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Masters Theses
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Virta, Arja – Intercultural Education, 2016
This study focuses on migrant adolescents' perspective on history education with special reference to their families' home country. The data consist of qualitative interviews with 36 students from various migrant groups (aged 14-16 years). The history of the home country seemed to be significant for the students and they would have wanted to hear…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Adolescent Attitudes, Cultural Pluralism, Cultural Context
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Niemi, Pia-Maria; Kuusisto, Arniika; Kallioniemi, Arto – Intercultural Education, 2014
The increased diversity in pupils' cultural and ethnic backgrounds in schools creates urgent demands for the organization of school celebrations in many countries. Celebrations represent the cultural values of the society and it is important to find out how various traditions are expressed in them. This study examines teachers' and other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Cultural Activities, School Activities
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Dervin, Fred; Tournebise, Céline – Intercultural Education, 2013
This article examines a rather neglected context of intercultural education: intercultural communication education (ICE). ICE can be found in different fields such as business, applied linguistics, intercultural communication and health education, amongst others. The authors start by reviewing the latest and ongoing changes…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Higher Education, College Faculty, Foreign Countries
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Zilliacus, Harriet – Intercultural Education, 2013
The Finnish education system recognizes religious plurality by offering education in pupils' own religion or in secular ethics. However, little research has been undertaken on how plurality is addressed in classroom practice. This study investigates how 31 minority religion and secular ethics teachers view the task of supporting and including…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Diversity, Religious Factors, Religious Cultural Groups
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Mansikka, Jan-Erik; Holm, Gunilla – Intercultural Education, 2011
Finland is experiencing increased cultural diversity due to immigration and is facing challenges in developing multicultural education (ME) in schools. There is a Swedish-speaking minority in Finland, and immigrant students entering Swedish-speaking schools hence become a minority within a minority. In this study, using open-ended interviews, we…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Student Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, Foreign Countries
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Forsman, Liselott – Intercultural Education, 2010
This article argues for a more systematic and integrated approach to the cultural dimension within English language education in a globalized world, with the concept of culture taking on an affectively related and process-oriented meaning. To this end, it suggests an approach for the development of the ability to decenter from cultural norms and…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Action Research, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Holm, Gunilla; Londen, Monica – Intercultural Education, 2010
Finland is experiencing increased immigration and therefore increased cultural diversity in its schools. This paper examines the multicultural education discourse in Finland by analysing the national and municipal curricula for the comprehensive school, educational policy documents and teacher education curricula. The focus is on how multicultural…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Multicultural Education, Indigenous Populations, Cultural Pluralism
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Virta, Arja – Intercultural Education, 2009
This paper examines prospective history teachers' thinking about ethnic and cultural diversity and their experiences of learning to teach about history in multicultural classrooms. The paper reviews the findings of a follow-up study of 22 Finnish student teachers during their nine-month teacher education programme. The data consist of…
Descriptors: Assignments, Student Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Cultural Pluralism
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Jokikokko, Katri – Intercultural Education, 2005
As schools become increasingly multicultural, teachers need special sensitivity to recognize differences and intercultural competences to be able to support the personal and academic growth of diverse students. This paper introduces newly qualified teachers' conceptions of diversity and intercultural competence in a Finnish context. The teachers…
Descriptors: Data Interpretation, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication