Intercultural Learning Across Contexts


Kristin Beate VASBØ


Abstract

International youth work in Europe (i.e. non-formal learning) demands a renewal of the prominent intercultural theory and framework in the youth field in order to cope with contemporary questions concerning pluralism and global challenges. This article provides a new theoretical framework for intercultural learning that departs from a complex, multicultural, social reality. Furthermore, the article explores how young people today experience international youth exchanges as arenas for learning in relation to other learning arenas in and out of school. The data consists of interviews and participant observation of a Norwegian youth group preparing for, participating in and reflecting on their experiences in an international youth Exchange programme. The findings show that participation in international youth exchanges, in addition to cultural knowledge, may contribute to increased motivation for learning, enhanced selfunderstanding and personal growth that seems transferable to other contexts. Furthermore, global youth culture plays a crucial role in young people`s experiences of being like one another across national borders, cultures and social realities.


Keywords

International Youth Exchange, Intercultural Learning, Cultural Diversity, Intercultural Communication, Learner-Identity

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic EU Education Programs
Pages 83 - 93
Issue IEJEE, Volume 6, Issue 1, Special Issue Multilingual Policies and Multilingual Education in the Nordic Countries
Date of acceptance 01 October 2013
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Author(s) Details

Kristin Beate VASBØ

University of Oslo, Norway, Norway


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