Urban Education: An Intercultural, International Case Study

By Francia Kinchington and Gerard de Kruif.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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An in-depth understanding and experience of multicultural urban education is viewed as critical in the preparation of students in Higher Education who intend to train and work as teachers and social educators in inner city urban settings. The Hague University has since 1995 run a unique and successful Socrates funded programme, entitled ‘Urban Education’ which has attracted European and International students. This three month intensive programme has been reported as having a profound impact on the students involved, contributing to their knowledge and understanding of culture, religion, urban poverty and multicultural education; challenging pre-conceived ideas and beliefs and enabling them to work effectively with the complex issues prevalent in Europe currently.
This case study explores the expectations and views of past and current students, the course and its context, offering a unique and positive contribution to European teacher education.

Keywords: Urban Education, Multicultural, Teacher Education, Social Educators, European

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.41-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.968KB).

Francia Kinchington

Principal Lecturer, Masters Programme Leader, Department of Education Leadership and Development,, School of Education and Training, University of Greenwich, London, UK

Francia Kinchington is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich. She is the Programme Leader for the MA/MSc, Doctoral Supervisor, and an ‘Expert Practitioner’ in Learning and teaching. She is an assessor for the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and a mentor and for the Headteacher Induction Programme. Research interests include: Professional development of School Leaders; school improvement; managing change; creativity and medical education.

Gerard de Kruif

International Co-ordinator, Department of Teacher Training, The Hague University, Hague, Netherlands

Gerard de Kruif is the International Co-ordinator for the School of Education, Department of Teacher Training at the Hague University. He is the creator and Course Co-ordinator of the Urban Education Course and an educator with extensive experience in European and International education.

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