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|
Lecturer, Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Western Macedonia, Athens, Greece
School Counsellor of the 39th Educational Division of Primary Education, Prefecture of Athens, Greece
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