Intercultural Communicative Competence in Adolescents in Multicultural Contexts

By Rosa Eva Valle Flórez, Roberto Baelo and Esther Lopez Rodriguez.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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School is the best place to learn how to get to know and to live alongside different cultural groups. The educational administration needs to ascertain the level of pupils´ intercultural competence in order to be able to implement programs and find the resources essential for working in schools to build the foundation for a more inclusive society. Hence, the aim of this study was to describe the degree of development of the various dimensions of intercultural communicative competence in a sample of 414 students. The students in this sample were from Spain and several other countries. They were all between eleven to sixteen years old and were attending state schools in the city of Leon in Spain. A test of "intercultural communicative competence" (Vilà, 2006) was used, which investigated cognitive and behavioral communicative competence in three areas: non-verbal communication, verbal communication, and cultural elements. An analysis of the data obtained reflected a mid-to-high degree of development of intercultural communicative competence in the students concerned. Significant differences were found in the variables concerning the sex of the pupil and their year of schooling with relation to the dimensions of competence measured. Finally, this data was compared with that of other similar research.

Keywords: Intercultural Communication Competence, Inclusive Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Intercultural Education

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 13, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 9, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 226.418KB)).

Dr. Rosa Eva Valle Flórez

Professor (Associate), Department of General and Specific Didactics and Educational Theory, Faculty of Education, University of León, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Rosa Eva Valle, PhD. She is lecturer and researcher in the Department of General and Specific Didactics and Educational Theory in the Faculty of Education at the University of León (Spain). She directs researches in the field of school organization, educational inclusion, training of teachers and interculturality. She has published articles in journals including educational and didactic, and has delivered numerous training courses for teachers of all levels of education, seminars and congresses related on education in diversity and special education.

Dr. Roberto Baelo

Professor (Associate), Department of General and Specific Didactics and Educational Theory, Faculty of Education, University of León, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Roberto Baelo, PhD. He is lecturer and researcher in the Department of General and Specific Didactics and Educational Theory, in the Faculty of Education at the University of León (Spain). His researches are related with the field of school organization, interculturality and the applications of the ICT in education. He has published numerous papers in journals about different educational areas and he has teached numerous training courses.

Esther Lopez Rodriguez

PhD student, epartment of General and Specific Didactics and Educational Theory, Faculty of Education, University of Leon, León, Castilla y León, Spain

Esther López-Rodríguez. She is a Ph.D. student of the Department of General and Specific Didactics and Educational Theory in the Faculty of Education at the University of León (Spain). She has a Masters in Research in Psychology and Educational Sciences. and a Bachelor degree in Psychopedagogy. Her areas of research include intercultural communicative competence and intercultural sensibility.