Promoting Interculturalism Through Non Formal Education. An Evaluation Procedure.

Abstract

Interculturalism is an area that was officially recognised as a teaching subject in formal education in several countries all over the world just over the last decade. This research paper focuses on the results of evaluating a non-formal education process. The general objective was to promote intercultural and intergenerational dialogue through cooking within a group of native and migrant women belonging to different age groups (young and 50+). This innovative idea was funded by Lifelong learning programme in the framework of Grundtvig action (adult’s education) (Appetite for Learning Comes with Eating – ALCE project. In the pilot procedure (implemented in 5 EU countries) there were 84 young migrants and senior native woman attending. The pilot procedure included 6 learning modules. The modules included activities such as sharing about women’s own traditions related to food, cooking and natural remedies, sharing recipes and creating fusion recipes using traditional ingredients from different countries, exchanging ideas on how to create an intercultural cookbook that promotes intangible heritage involving migrant communities. The evaluation procedure included pre and post phase in order to compare attitude changing’s before and after the involvement of the target group in this non-formal education experience. The evaluation tools were structured questionnaires suitable and adapted to the needs of the target group. The results from the evaluation show that interculturalism can be promoted through structured activities integrated into non-formal learning pathways.



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Sofia Kasola, University of Patras, Greece
Maja Brkusanin, Cesie, Italy

Paper Information
Conference: ECCS2014
Stream: Re-locating culture across borders

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