“Into the Realm of the Politically Incorrect”: Intercultural Encounters in a Service-Learning Program

Christelle Palpacuer-Lee, Jessie Hutchison Curtis


Now more than ever, teachers of world languages are encouraged to become intercultural mediators in their communities and classrooms. This study describes the impact of an innovative community-based teacher education program for developing participants' interculturality. Building on narrative methods of investigation, we explore the potential of community-based service-learning as a social space in which participants learn to recognize and mediate worldviews. The data come primarily from field observations and pre-service teachers’ journaled reflections. We illustrate our findings through a series of narratives that serve as a frame for locating cultural recognition and learning.



service-learning, identity, interculturality, critical pedagogy, intercultural citizenship

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v19i2.1239

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