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Intercultural perspectives and professional practice in the university: what’s new in Germany

Lena Inowlocki, Maria Teresa Herrera Vivar and Felicia Herrschaft

in Biographical methods and professional practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9781861344939
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344939.003.0021
Intercultural perspectives and professional practice in the university: what’s new in Germany

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This chapter draws on several years of intercultural university work by first tracing the shifts in policy regarding ‘foreign’ students in German schools and universities. Using a number of cameo situations, the chapter traces the growing use by minority ethnic students of their own experience, as well as the impact of their presence and views on other students, and how staff can encourage such reflective processes. In particular, the chapter highlights and challenges the homologising and pathologising of mainstream theoretical models on ethnicity and migration. Discussions include: education in immigration; foreignness and difference; observations on the processes of identity; difference versus ‘making strange’; and some observations on how students encounter discourse on migration.

Keywords: intercultural university work; shifts in policy; foreign students; German schools; minority ethnic students; experience; models on ethnicity; models on migration; education; immigration society

Chapter.  7676 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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