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Diversity management in preschools using a critical incident approach
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7832-2155
Uppsala universitet.
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8707-5157
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication. (BUSS; Barnpedagogiskt kollegium)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9475-2497
2012 (English)In: Intercultural Education, ISSN 1467-5986, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 285-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using the critical incident approach, preschool teachers at 10 preschools in Sweden were asked to describe their work with respect to ethnic and cultural diversity. The study attempted to provide insights that go beyond commonly used models of intercultural sensitivity and intercultural competence (e.g. Gudykunst and Kim; Landis, Bennett, and Bennett). Four different understandings and approaches to ethnic and cultural diversity were discernible in the empirical material (i.e. 'instrumental,' 'co-productive,' 'facilitative proactive,' and 'agitative proactive'). The data suggest that preschool teachers, in order to be interculturally competent, need to work systematically with intercultural pedagogy, intercultural communication skills, and with their discursive awareness. Moreover, it is concluded that if preschool teachers fail to scrutinize their own values, modes of behavior, and a-priori understanding of what 'is' cultural behavior, they may sustain cultural stereotypes.

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2012. Vol. 23, no 4, p. 285-296
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-16294DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2012.724877Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84867506939OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-16294DiVA, id: diva2:572620
Available from: 2012-11-28 Created: 2012-11-28 Last updated: 2018-01-03Bibliographically approved

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