Intercultural education refers both to a pedagogical approach and to a field of education labeled as such in Europe as early as the mid-1970s. However, between the late 1920s and the late 1950s, the intercultural movement that took place in the United States set the stage for what was to become American “multicultural education.” In this entry, the development of intercultural education and its links to the concept of diversity are described. The question of whether and how intercultural competence can be learned and taught is discussed, and finally some perspectives are outlined.

The Origin of Intercultural Education

The core idea of intercultural education, as it is understood today, is that the sense of belonging to a particular culture (not only in terms of ethnicity but also ...

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