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INTER: A Practical Guide to Implement Intercultural Education

Dr. Teresa Aguado Odina.

The paper presents the objectives, mission, activities and products of the INTER project, developed under the Socrates Programme (European Commission, Comenius 2.1. Action), focusing on training of school education staff. There are seven European educational institutions involved in the project, which is coordinated by the UNED (Spanish Distance University).

The INTER project purports to contribute to improve quality of education and contribute to innovation in schools by assisting them in the adoption / implementation of an intercultural approach, fostering the reflection on and providing a practical tool for training initial and in-service teachers. The project will focus on developing, making use of, and validating a practical and systematic guide which will provide supporting, analysing, implementing and/or improving intercultural education in school practices.

The guide is envisaged as a document of approximately a hundred pages structured round five modules covering the following dimensions: Needs assesment, sociopolitical context, theoretical background, curriculum development and school / community relations. The guide will be available on different formats to be used in face to face and virtual learning environments:
- Paper edition (publication of the guide).
- CD-Rom.
- Web CT version (only in English). (Platform for distance education): Course on implementation and evaluation of Intercultural Education
- Electronic version on the Project's Web Site.

The INTER Project will be developed during three years (it started on October, 2002) in order to carry out the necessary activities and tasks in three well-defined stages: 1) To cooperate in order to obtain relevant information to the project objectives. To prepare a report to be used in guide elaboration. Building work teams, periodical meetings and videoconferences (see work plan and schedule of meetings), 2) To prepare the initial version of the guide, en un triple formato: ediciĆ³n en papel, cd-rom y plataforma virtual. 3) Apply the guide as training tool in the participating institutions, adapting it to their characteristics (ODL and face to face) and target groups (initial and in-service teaching students).

We will present the first-year project report referred to the needs assessment in the local and European contexts, concerning four main dimensions: concept of culture and diversity, educational policies, teacher training programmes, resources and practices developed at schools in the six countries involved in the project.

Target groups will be both teacher trainees as well as in-service teachers and other school staff undertaking continuing education. More specifically, students in the undergraduate programmes of the participating institutions being trained as teachers (or guidance workers if this is the case), and students in post-graduate programmes, undertaking further trainin


Dr. Teresa Aguado Odina  (Spain)
Department of Research Methods and Assessment in Education Faculty of Education
Universidad Nacional de EducaciĆ³n a Distancia

Teresa Aguado was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and currently lives in Madrid.
She has worked as a school teacher for 12 years, and is currently Professor at the University. She had a post-doctoral fellowship at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) on multicultural education. She has been working in the field
of intercultural education for over 10 years. Currently coordinator of an European project with several partners which purports to elaborate a practical guide to assist teachers to implement an intercultural approach.

  • Cultural diversity
  • Intercultrual education
  • Teacher training

(Virtual Presentation, English)