Intercultural Competences for Vocational Education and Training. Experiential Learning and Social Contexts for Enhancing Professional Competences.

Bignami, Filippo and Onorati, Maria Giovanna (2014) Intercultural Competences for Vocational Education and Training. Experiential Learning and Social Contexts for Enhancing Professional Competences. In: Bignami, F. and Onorati, M.G., (eds.) Studi & Ricerche . EGEA, Milano, Italia. ISBN ISBN 978-88-238-4419-3

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In a globalized world characterized by trans-national migration flows as an inevitable consequence of the increased mobility of individuals, coping with differences and with cultural discontinuity has become the main challenge in the education and training sector at all levels. This book is addressed to professionals in vocational education and training in an attempt to provide suggestions on innovative methods and intercultural approaches for inclusive, continuous education, which are increasingly addressed to heterogeneous and vulnerable audiences at risk of social exclusion. Starting from the achievements of the I-VET European Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project, led by an international consortium of Universities and training organizations, the book traces the broad, multi-disciplinary epistemological framework underlying the proposed innovative methodology, based on experiential learning and reflective practice and the relative didactic choices piloted with a group of VET teachers and trainers. The focus is intercultural competence achieved through a situated and contextualized exercise of awareness about the specific situations in which differences emerge, and mutual adjustment between different symbolic frameworks, in full accordance with the constructionist approach to social interaction at the basis of the whole study.

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