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Intercultural Education: Ethnographic and Religious Approaches (2004)


Dr Eleanor Nesbitt

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Sussex Academic Press, Brighton

ISBN 1-84519-034-3 paperback (£13.95)

ISBN 1-84519-033-5 hardback (£25.00)

This book has been written for teachers, teacher trainers and their students, and others working with children and young people. It provides a valuable resource for those engaged in religious studies and South Asian studies, comprising a rich library of data relevant to current debates in these fields. Drawing on field studies of children of South Asian and other backgrounds in Britain, Nesbitt argues the value to schools of teachers adopting an ethnographic approach in intercultural education. Examples from primary, secondary and higher education demonstrate the urgent need for teachers and others to be better informed of cultural diversity and to understand the interconnections between ethnographic studies, pastoral care, the curriculum, and intercultural events. Intercultural Education examines a wide variety of issues, including spirituality, identity formation, the ways in which 'beliefs' and 'practices' are represented, stereotyping communities, being a Christian at school, and the role of caste. The book contains Practical Guidelines for teachers, as well as a Glossary, covering pastoral care, racism, liaison with parents, recognising the diversity of language etc.

Dr Eleanor Nesbitt is Reader at the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick.

Brian Gates, Professor of Religious and Moral Education, St Martin's College, Lancaster says:

'This is a treasury of keenly observed signals of meanings that matter to children and young people, and which therefore need to matter and be understood by their teachers and wider community. It draws on a quarter of a century's field work by the author, well matched with the relevant scholarship of others. Its warning against misleading generalisations is made in the best possible way: vivid illustration of deeper significance. This book is an invaluable resource for teacher education and community relations generally, as well as for those with a particular concern for RE and Citizenship'

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