Exploring intercultural competence through the lens of self-authorship

Mascadri, Julia, Lunn Brownlee, Jo, Walker, Sue, & Alford, Jennifer H. (2016) Exploring intercultural competence through the lens of self-authorship. Early Years: An International Research Journal. (In Press)

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Intercultural competence among educators has long been recognised as important, especially in contexts characterised by growing and shifting cultural diversity such as Australia. However, the capacity to be interculturally competent has only recently been enshrined in teacher standards in Australia, and research into this field among early childhood educators is fledgling. Through the theoretical lens of self-authorship this case study integrated King and Baxter Magolda’s (2005) developmental model of intercultural maturity with Deardorff’s (2004) elements of intercultural competence. Combining these two models allowed for a holistic exploration of the complexities of intercultural experiences in an early childhood educational setting. This new integrated framework is applied to a case study that focuses on Heidi, an early childhood educator in a culturally diverse kindergarten. Data were collected through interviews, classroom observations, and analysis of philosophy, policy and observational documents. The findings indicated the importance of critical reflection and internal meaning making, as part of a self-authored identity, in relation to intercultural competence. Implications are discussed with a focus on the potential significance of the integrated framework to explore as well as enhance educators’ critical reflection about their intercultural experiences.

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ID Code: 94832
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: early childhood education, intercultural competence, case study, self-authorship, personal epistemology
DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2016.1174930
ISSN: 0957-5146
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Early Years: An International Research Journal [In Press] http://www.tandfonline.com/<Article DOI>
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2016 23:12
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2016 00:38

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