Intercultural Mediators, Ιntercultural Schools, and Αll-day Schools: Successful Models as Educational Policies

By Nektaria Palaiologou, Agostino Portera and Paola Dusi.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Education

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This paper aims to present three different models of integration in schools for immigrant pupils. These models are: the intercultural mediator, the intercultural school, and all-day schools. Two countries served as cases studies for the presentation of the aforementioned models: Greece and Italy. The intercultural mediator (IM) model is implemented widely in Italy as an educational provision for children who come from migrant families with language and cultural differences. The second educational model, called intercultural schools (IS) is implemented at 26 public schools in Greece. The third model, an all-day school, is implemented both in Greece and in Italy as an additional support measure to working migrant families. In this paper, the structure of the three educational models is presented first. From the research surrounding these models, conclusions, which focus on the feasibility of the implementation of these educational provisions, are drawn. Parameters are taken into consideration, such as the general educational frame of the two countries and their cost and acceptance from the school community.

Keywords: Intercultural Mediator, School Mentor, Intercultural Schools, All-day Schools, Educational Policies and Measures

The International Journal of Diversity in Education, Volume 13, Issue 4, September 2014, pp.1-7. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 317.279KB)).

Dr. Nektaria Palaiologou

Assistant Professor in Intercultural Education, Department of Early Childhood Education, School of Education at the University of Western Macedonia, University of Western Macedonia, Athens, Greece, Greece

Nektaria Palaiologou is assistant professor in “Intercultural Education” at the Department of Early Childhood Education-School of Education of the University of Western Macedonia (UoWM). Currently, a Board Member of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and serves as Associate Editor of the “Intercultural Education” Journal, Taylor and Francis. Recently, she co-edited the book "Mapping the Broad Field of Multicultural and Intercultural Education Worldwide: Towards the Development of a New Citizen'', published at CSP. Dr. Palaiologou’s current research interests focus on: citizenship issues for migrant children in Greece, and on teachers’ education and training in the field of Intercultural Education.

Agostino Portera

Professor of Intercultural Education, Centre for Intercultural Studies in the University of Verona (Italy), University of Verona, Verona, Italy

Agostino Portera is Professor of Intercultural education, director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies in the University of Verona (Italy). He has published seven books and several article of immigration, identity, intercultural education and intercultural competence. His latest bookIntercultural and Multicultural Education: Enhancing Global Interconnectedness (edit in 2011 whit C.A. Grant) Routledge New York, deals with opportunities of intercultural intervention in schools. He studied Psychology in Rome and obtained his Ph.D. in education at the University of Freiburg (Germany) and was Visiting Professor at the Universities of London, UCLA Los Angeles, OISE Toronto. He is also in the scientific committee of many educational journals (in Italy and abroad) and member of the editorial board of Intercultural education, (Taylor and Francis Publishing, London).

Paola Dusi

Adjunct Professor in Intercultural Pedagogy, University of Verona, Centre of Intercultural Studies, Verona, Italy, Italy

Dr. Paola Dusi is adjunct professor at the Centre of Intercultural Studies, University of Verona. She is author and co-author of books on Intercultural Education (in Italian) with important participation at international conferences.