ICT in Intercultural Education: Creating Communication Bridges

By Nektaria Palaiologou and Odysseas Evangelou.

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A class - as case-study - of 15 early childhood pre-service teachers from the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Western Macedonia in Greece attending the module “Intercultural Communication” was taught how to benefit from using the ICT for implementing activities with intercultural dimensions; such activities could bring together a class of multicultural synthesis and through them cross-curricular teaching scenarios could also become a reality. During one term, selected intercultural activities were used such as: teleconferencing, e-mail lists and listserves, as techniques for strengthening the cultural relations in a multicultural classroom.
Upon the completion of the course, pre-service students evaluated this endeavour through a semi-structured type of interview. They were asked about the difficulties they faced, the challenges of this training and their eagerness to participate in relevant activities in future, as teachers. Their answers are of main interest and reveal their eagerness to be technologically well-trained as well as surpassing their own stereotypes and prejudice towards diverse pupils. This case-study shows that ICT could be a tool of creating communication bridges and of challenging pedagogy to restructure its traditional role during the teaching process.

Keywords: Pre-Service Teachers, Education, Intercultural Education, Early Childhood Learning

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.155-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.171MB).

Dr. Nektaria Palaiologou

Lecturer, Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Western Macedonia, Athens, Greece

Dr. Nektaria Palaiologou holds a bachelor, master and doctoral degree in Education (University of Athens-Department of Primary Education) and has followed post-doctoral studies in Education and Culture (University of London-Institute of Education). In the past, she has worked in the University of Thrace, University of Thessaly, University of Athens, University of Piraeus. Since 2005, Dr. Nektaria Paleologou is affiliated with the Department of Early Childhood Education-School of Education of the University of Western Macedonia where she is teaching the Intercultural modules as a lecturer. Also, since 2006 she is the Associate Editor of the Intercultural Education Journal. She is the co-writer of three books (in Greek) as well as author and co-author of published papers in international journals in the broader field of Education.

Odysseas Evangelou

School Counsellor of the 39th Educational Division of Primary Education, Prefecture of Athens, Greece

Odysseas Evangelou is a School Councellor and also a part-time visiting lecturer at the Department of Primary Education at the University of Athens. He is the author/co-author of 5 books (in Greek) in the field of Intercultural Education and has valuable experience in teaching in multicultural classrooms.

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