On the Need for Teaching Intercultural Skills<i>Challenges for Education in a Globalizing World</i>

Rita Süssmuth

in Learning in the Global Era

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520254343
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941496 | DOI:
On the Need for Teaching Intercultural SkillsChallenges for Education in a Globalizing World

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Global demographics are shifting, and in many countries, native populations are decreasing while immigrant populations continue to grow apace. Everyone, native and non-native alike, must learn to adapt to the new, heterogeneous face that globalization is painting throughout the global cities of the world. This chapter uses various demographic projections and up-to-date data on migration trends to emphasize the need to teach intercultural skills to all students as part of their education. It frames the general disconnect between the new demographic reality on the ground in Europe and the timid, anemic policy interventions as a matter of political will. The chapter cites data from the OECD's PISA study, which identified a significant gap in the educational attainment of immigrant students in many OECD countries, to illustrate how a dysfunctional educational policy has profound consequences in everyday life.

Keywords: Europe; globalization; educational policy; educational attainment; immigrant students; OECD countries; political will; migration; intercultural skills; education

Chapter.  6537 words. 

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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