Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Culture - The Space between the Bars, the Silence between the Notes by Paul Poore


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Paul Poore, Director of Harare International School, is a preeminent thinker and leader regarding interculturalism in education. Click below to access an excellent speech which he dlivered as the Association for the Advancement of International Education's Distinguished Lecture in 2005. 

Culture - The Space between the Bars, the Silence between the Notes by Paul Poore

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Presentation by Deepa: Building Acceptance, Bridging Differences

On 20th November last year, Deepa hosted a 'job-alike workshop' addressing issues of how to effectively incorporate intercultural education into a school's curriculum and ethos. Here, at the end of this post, is the presentation which she developed to start valuable discussion with.

As a result of the productive discussion which followed from this, the following documents were collectively arrived at by the attendees:

1) Definitions of Interculturalism

2) Interculturalism - DEPA - BTN - Lesson Plan Tutorial Programme 1

3) Interculturalism - DEPA - BTN - Lesson Plan Tutorial Programme 2


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Geert Hofstede and Cultural Dimensions

Thanks to Darren for passing this website on. Geert Hofstede has contributed a huge amount of reserach and ideas to the field of interculturalism, and his name is often referenced in contemporary research. Hofstede's work has been used to develop audits and training resources for helping organisations improve their intercultural literacy, as is evident from the website below.

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Together with his son, Gert, they share some relevant information on their own website which is here:


East is East and West is West by George Walker

Thanks to Jane for passing on this valuable article by George Walker hosted on the IB Positions Papers blog. You can access the direct link to the article by clicking the image below.



This position paper addresses the long-standing criticism that the International Baccalaureate (IB) is too closely associated with Western values and, despite its title, does not enable students to see the world from a truly international perspective. Considering evidence from different authorities, it analyses the IB learner profile and asks how appropriate it is for the cultures of East Asia. The paper concludes that the learner profile does indeed reflect the strong Western humanist foundations of the IB, but accepts that the organization’s successful growth (not least in its Asia-
Pacific region) makes sudden change unlikely and undesirable. Instead, it recommends that the learner profile be reviewed regularly and used as a focus for internal debate on this issue. It also proposes that some limited regional variation be encouraged in order gradually to seize “the great opportunity for the creation of new thought by a new combination of truths” (Tagore 1961: 222).