Policies and Practices for Teaching Sociocultural Diversity
By Anne-Lise Arnesen, Cézar Bîrzéa, Bernard Dumont, Miguel Angel Essomba, Elisabeth Furch, Angelos Vallianatos, Ferran Ferrer
Council of Europe, 2008, 91 pp, 15 €/ 30 $ + 10% postage, ISBN: 978-92-871-6440-7
Policies and Practices for Teaching Sociocultural Diversity - A Survey Report, a new title by the Council of Europe Publishing, underlines that teacher education institutions play an important role, in collaboration with policy makers, in drafting study programmes, but also in defining national policies concerning teacher education. Such is not always the case for the relevant qualification requirements for teachers, the evaluation of associated skills or the recognition of experience gained in the field of sociocultural diversity. Although teaching and management of diversity are taken into account in almost all the countries participating in the survey, the "enhanced value" of diversity, which implies the creation of conditions for inclusive participation favourable to equal opportunities for all, is not unanimously approved.
The report is the result of a survey on the initial training of teachers in sociocultural diversity in Europe, carried out in 16 countries within the framework of the project Policies and Practices for Teaching Sociocultural Diversity, launched by the Steering Committee for Education of the Council of Europe in 2006. An analysis of replies from practitioners completes the results of the survey. The recommendations contained in this report will serve as a basis for carrying out the second phase of the project on the definition of a framework of teachers' competences relating to the enhanced value of diversity.
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