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Школа као чинилац развоја интеркултуралности
School as a Factor of Development of Interculturalism

Author(s): Slađana Anđelković, Zorica Prnjat, Zvezdan M. Arsić
Subject(s): Geography, Regional studies, School education, Sociology of Education
Published by: Српско географско друштво
Keywords: interculturalism; cultural dialogue; education; upbringing; school;

Summary/Abstract: Contemporary society is characterized by pluralism of relations and interconnection of different cultures. Because of diverse national, cultural, religious and political values, misunderstandings and lack of dialogue often emerge between members of different cultures. This has severe consequences for all segments of society and its development. In order to overcome this situation the concept of intercultural education in schools is becoming popular again. It should present the starting point for changes in the quality of dialogue, understanding and respect between pupils of different cultures and traditions. The paper discusses the realization of the concept of interculturalism in schools in order to create conditions for implementation of intercultural values, to encourage and educate pupils for co-existence, understanding and creation of intercultural relations. In this respect, changes in all aspects of school life and work are necessary, from the change of curriculum, school organization, to atmosphere and school culture as a whole. The authors conclude that humanistic, holistic and interdisciplinary approach as a basis for coexistence and tolerance provides enormous opportunities for implementation of the concept of interculturalism in school, but also point to the potentials of schools that are not used enough in the realization of this goal. The study findings indicate the need for systematic, continuous and adequate changes at the level of school culture as a whole.

  • Issue Year: 97/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 109-135
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: English, Serbian