Cultural Encounters in the People's Republic of China: Learning Beyond the Classroom
Students from the Bachelor of Education (primary) program undertake practicums in a wide range of countries. This research project investigates the nature and extent of teacher trainees' learning beyond the vocational teaching expertise. They recorded their encounters with nationals in the People's Republic of China. The study seeks to look outside-the-classroom encounters and the learning mplications these have for the visiting pre-service teacchers. Aspects of intercultural education are discussed by Said (1978); Giroux (1991); Halse & Buchanan (1998). Grant and Ladson-Billings (1997) observe that intercultural communication requires an understanding of cultural and social norms that operate in any communicative situation. Prejudice, ignorance and arrogance versus acceptance, understanding and tolerance are discussed through the encounters experienced.
Lesley Ljungdahl (Australia)
Faculty of Education
University of Technology Sydney
Dr Lesley Ljungdahl is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Technology Sydney. She works in the fields of language and literacy studies with a particular interest in ESL education. Her most recent publication is Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Children's Literature with Winch et al. (Oxford University Press, 2001.
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)