Title

Planting seeds for peace: Are they growing in the right direction?

Publication Title

International Journal of Intercultural Relations

Publication Date

3-2012

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.ijintrel.2012.01.001

Keywords

intercultural sensitivity, intercultural content knowledge, intercultural pedagogical knowledge, intercultural experience, and intercultural applications of technology

Disciplines

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

In this paper, originally presented as the Presidential Address at the 6th Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, the author attempts to explain an intercultural conundrum suggesting that young people may be more sophisticated in terms of intercultural sensitivity than their teachers. The paper examines the intersection of four interrelated areas as they pertain to education and the development of intercultural sensitivity – intercultural content knowledge, intercultural pedagogical knowledge, intercultural experience, and intercultural applications of technology. Each of these influences, all coming together in the lives of young people in ways never before encountered, offers insights into the different life experiences encountered by students and their teachers. Areas of further intercultural research and possible policy implications for educators are considered.