PEDAGOGICAL INTERVENTION RESEARCH FOR CULTURAL INTEGRATION AND INCLUSION : REFLECTIONS ON MIXED AND MULTIPLE METHODOLOGIES
Universita' Federico II di Napoli (ITALY)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:The present paper aims to offer a new perspective trough which to study the current phenomena of decolonization and crossbreeding. It will be discussed particularly the theoretical perspective of intercultural approach (Hannoun H., 1987), in order to deconstruct the historical approaches to the dynamics of immigration and meeting of different cultures (Neto F., 2002; Montreuil A., 2004). The traditional approaches were based on the analysis of the processes of “assimilation” or “acculturation” of the minority culture (Bourhis R.Y., 2007, Berry J.W., 2009), but always from the point of view of the ethnocentric vision.
The paper wants also to argue how to re-think intercultural pedagogical research epistemologies and methodologies according to the paradigm of complexity and of methodological pluralism, to avoid proposing the cross-cultural comparison “the West vs the Rest”(Baldacci M., 2012). The research interest is to bring to light the richness and the depth of the meeting and the exchange between participants who come from different ethnic and cultural horizons, and to grasp the social and community impact of the co-constructed knowledge thanks to the research (Mantovani G., 2008). Moreover, one of the principal guidelines for the scientific research contained in the plane of Horizon 2020, seems to be that of “Inclusive, innovative and Safe Societies” (Horizon 2020, 2013): it needs to keep in mind criteria of usefulness and of usability of the products of intercultural research, also to meet international standards.
It will be presented, then, the project of an intervention-research carried out in the social contexts where participants coming from other cultures and nations are involved. It will be an action-research aimed to assume participants’ points of view, to capture specific learning needs, to give voice to these formative instances and, through which and with which, to design possible plans of intervention to answer to these educational needs.
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Keywords: Intercultural pedagogical approaches, multiple and mixed research methodologies, intervention research, pedagogical strategies for cultural integration and inclusion.