New Tool from Salto – Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters

A new tool has been published in SALTO’s Toolbox.

Date: 2012-03-17

Title: Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters
Tool types: Exercise
Tool topics: Intercultural Learning

The Autobiography has been developed to promote intercultural dialogue.
It is a personal document which encourages users to think about and learn from the intercultural encounters that have made a strong impression or had a long-lasting effect on them.

Aims of the tool
The Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters is a document for cross-curricular and general use in formal and non-formal educational contexts. It invites users to reflect critically upon their own memorable intercultural experiences, and helps them to analyse them in retrospect and in the light of the most defining aspects of each encounter.

Description of the tool
What is the Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters?
The Autobiography has been developed to promote intercultural dialogue.
It is a personal document which encourages users to think about and learn from the intercultural encounters that have made a strong impression or had a long-lasting effect on them. It is a tool to foster respect for diversity and social inclusion.
What is the aim of the Autobiography?
The Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters is a document for cross-curricular and general use in formal and non-formal educational contexts. It invites users to reflect critically upon their own memorable intercultural experiences, and helps them to analyse them in retrospect and in the light of the most defining aspects of each encounter.

How are intercultural encounters explored?
Users of the Autobiography develop understanding and competences for the future by reflecting critically on the experience.
They select and describe specific intercultural encounters in which they have taken part, analyse their experience individually and identify different aspects of their current intercultural competence by referring to:
– Attitudes: the user’s attitudes and feelings towards the whole experience, reflecting to what degree attitudes such as respect for diversity have been developed;
– Behaviour: the interpretation of another’s behaviour as well as the behavioural patterns followed by the learner in a particular intercultural experience;
– Knowledge and skills: the user’s knowledge about otherness and how people act in intercultural contact situations; the skills applied during and after the event;
– Action: the action taken by the user as a result of analysing the intercultural encounter.
This retrospective view of the intercultural encounter favours a critical analysis of the way the user acted at the time, how he or she sees the encounter now and how he or she might respond in the future.
The Autobiography therefore has the potential to promote change.

Who is the Autobiography for?
The Autobiography is for the young person, who can use it as a way of recording, exploring and reviewing his or her intercultural experiences within, for example, an exchange, a training course or voluntary service
http://www.coe.int/t/DG4/AUTOBIOGRAPHY/AutobiographyTool_en.asp

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