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|Other Titles:||Core Issues of Educational Programs for Interethnic-Marriage Immigrants: Reflections on an Action Research Experience|
Department od Education, NTNU
In order to promote cross-cultural understanding and enhance multicultural sensitivities, the author and a lecturer offered two courses—“Traveling across Cultures: Learning with Immigrant Brides ”and“ Experiencing Cultures and Marriages of Different Countries: Learning with Local People”—in Kaohsiung Hsin-hsing Community University during the second half of 2002. These courses were designed and taught according to an action research method. 10 local women and 13 foreign brides enrolled, and group discussion, role- playing, video viewing, and free drawing were used to facilitate participants' learning. The course contents included: issues regarding the understanding of cultural differences, getting lost in different languages, life experiences in the motherland, exploration of the Kaohsiung community, and interethnic-marriage related rules and regulations. This study analyzed and discussed the author's teaching experiences in the two courses. Four core issues of any educational program for interethnic-marriage immigrants in Taiwan were raised: First, it is necessary to understand these immigrants' characteristics and learning needs within the broader social context. Second, the target population for“immigrant education” should not include only immigrants. Third, all curricula and methods of instruction should be culturally relevant. Fourth, educators should have a certain degree of cultural literacy, that is, be able to appreciate and respect cultural diversities and differences.
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