Diversities and Interculturality in Textbooks: Finland as an Example

Kaisa Hahl (Editor), Pia-Maria Niemi (Editor), Rita Johnson Longfor (Editor), Fred Dervin (Editor)

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    Textbooks are crucial in shaping our global and diverse world. They can contribute to making it both ‘better’ and more ‘intercultural’, but also, on occasion, create limited and biased ideas about the ‘Other’. This collected volume undertakes multidisciplinary research into textbooks, taking one of the best education systems in the world—Finland—as an example. The authors investigate the issue of diversities in textbooks from multiple perspectives, disciplines, school levels and content areas. Together, the chapters provide examples of hidden ideologies, (neo-)stereotyping and othering when looking beneath the surface of texts and illustrations. The authors also present concrete tools that can be used for analysing diversities and interculturality in textbooks. In addition, the chapters will serve to develop teachers’ and students’ abilities to encounter diversities and similarities in ways that enhance their sensitivity, self-reflexivity and criticality. This volume will be of interest for students in educational sciences, pre-service teachers and in-service teachers of various school subjects, teacher educators and researchers in the areas of subject didactics, multicultural and intercultural education, language education, educational leadership, curriculum, and policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
    Number of pages186
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4438-7262-1, 1-4438-7262-8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781443876698
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeC2 Edited book

    Publication series

    NamePost-intercultural Communication and Education
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences
    • 5141 Sociology

    Cite this

    Hahl, K., Niemi, P-M., Johnson Longfor, R., & Dervin, F. (Eds.) (2015). Diversities and Interculturality in Textbooks: Finland as an Example. (Post-intercultural Communication and Education). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.