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      Interculturalism, Sustainable Development and Higher Education Institutions

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            This paper establishes links between the fields of sustainable development and intercultural education. It is written on the premise that diverse forms of knowledge exist within different societal and national contexts, and curricula therefore need to draw on these in order to be 'non-centric'. That is, curricula should not draw more heavily from one source of knowledge while excluding or marginalising others. For instance, as this paper examines, higher education institutions in socially diverse or multicultural societies have a great deal of intellectual knowledge and expertise in education. However, the knowledge – including languages, histories, and cultures – of subordinated groups such as international students in European institutions is often entirely left out of the curriculum. In conclusion, the paper poses a number of challenges for research and teaching in higher education, especially including the need for intercultural professional education of academics so that they develop deeper intellectual understandings and competences in this area.

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            Journal
            72010448
            International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning
            int j develop educ gobal learn
            IOE Press
            1756-5278
            01 May 2009
            : 2
            : 2
            : 23-34
            Article
            1756-5278(20090501)2:2L.23;1- s3.phd /ioep/ijdegl/2009/00000002/00000002/art00003
            10.18546/IJDEGL.02.2.03
            2302532d-b3bd-4330-b35b-742c2d381541
            Copyright @ 2009
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,General education
            HIGHER EDUCATION,SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT,INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCIES,PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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