Criticality in study abroad research and practice (Invited plenary)
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AbstractAfter offering our own conceptions of interculturality and criticality, this presentation centers on the applications of these constructs in contemporary study abroad research and practice. Stressing the need to move away from reductionist notions of ‘culture as nation’, we problematize intercultural training schemes that focus solely on cultural difference, present static/unitary images of culture, and furnish students with a list of do’s and don’ts to guide their behaviour in the host environment. In our presentation, we draw attention to innovative intercultural interventions that encourage study abroad students to resist ‘large culture’, essentialist perspectives of Othering (Holliday 2012) and appreciate diversity within cultures. We call on intercultural educators to design activities that can help study abroad students grasp the complexity of interculturality and acquire a deeper, more critical understanding of the Self and Others. Our presentation also has implications for the ways in which study abroad research is conceived and implemented.
All Author(s) ListJane Jackson, Fred Dervin
Name of ConferenceCriticality in Education (Research): Definitions, Discourses and Controversies
Start Date of Conference31/08/2017
End Date of Conference01/09/2017
Place of ConferenceHelsinki
Country/Region of ConferenceFinland
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsCriticality, international education, study abroad, interculturality

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