Accepted Paper:

Cultural diversity: content, context and possibilities  

Author:

Zerrin Tandogan (Bilkent University)

Paper short abstract:

Title: Cultural Diversity: Content, Context and Possibilities. Abstract This paper will discuss the reasons behind the urgent need for a mentality that promotes "cosmopolitan education" in the content of the curriculums that are dominated by "monoculturalist" approaches in the context of teaching "cultural diversity" and will provide case studies from Turkey.

Paper long abstract:

Title: Cultural Diversity: Content, Context and Possibilities.

Abstract

Is it possible to teach "cultural diversity"? This paper will discuss and share experiences related with the teaching of differences and cultural variety through an anthropological perspective within the context of formal university education. The argument is that, there is an urge for a more "cosmopolitan education" which promotes a mentality that is in favor of developing an awareness and openness towards experiencing and learning about other ways of living and being. The call for "cosmopolitan education" is also a critique of "monoculturalist education" projects that are intentionally or unintentially dominate curriculums in different parts of the world. This study will provide cases from Turkey.

Panel W091
Teaching diversity (workshop of the EASA TAN network)