Rethinking interculturalism: student voices on promoting intercultural school development

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The main purpose of this paper is to offer important insights into both immigrant and native students’ experiences on interculturalism as well as identifying their inputs regarding the ways in which intercultural school development could occur. Interviews were carried out with 48 children; 24 Cypriots and 24 immigrants from 4 primary schools in Cyprus. Based on their perspectives regarding the improvement of culturally diverse schools, three thematic categories emerged from the data analysis; the structural and school organisational level; the socio-personal level; and the didactic and curricular level. Arguably, on the basis of the data analysis, sub-factors underpinning these levels were found to have implications for educational policy and practice aiming at the promotion of cultural awareness, intercultural competence, inclusion and respect in schools.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Papers in Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • intercultural policy
  • intercultural school development
  • Quality education
  • student voice
  • youth empowerment


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