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Intercultural Competency in Education

The Intercultural Competency in Education is a free online course offered by University of Iceland conducted by the Edx. Do you want to learn practical skills to become inter culturally competent and aware as an educator? Take this course and learn to develop strategies to deal with identities in a fairer and more coherent way.
About this course
  • Some of the challenges we are facing in the world today are related to the ongoing trends towards immigration and globalization of education and the labour market.
  • Combined with increased numbers of refugees in many countries, this has led to greater interpersonal cross cultural encounters and heightened cultural concerns.
  • All school levels are facing complex challenges in adjusting their services to an increasingly diverse student population, irrespective of their background.
  • It is therefore of great importance that employees at all school levels are culturally competent and can understand and adapt their services when working with people with diverse cultural backgrounds.
What you'll learn
  • The meaning of basic concepts like ethnocentrism, stereotypes and culture
  • The importance of self-awareness and curiosity as a way towards intercultural awareness
  • Awareness of the impact of negative generalisations
  • How to deal with contradictions when identities are constructed
  • How to become aware of your own influence on students’ identities, and to develop strategies to deal with identities in a fairer and more coherent way
  • The importance of promoting understanding through respect for intercultural dialogue and the value of different languages
  • How to increase students´ levels of participation in the classroom, building up a sense of belonging and community, as well as counteracting discrimination
  • How to draw lessons from success stories of immigrant students and school communities in different countries that have succeeded in developing learning contexts that are equitable and socially just
Duration: 5 weeks

Timings: 2 – 4 hours per week

Self Paced

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