Rationale and Objectives

Preliminary remarks:

The topic chosen for this lesson refers to a very broad field of investigation and to global societal issues. The scope of the proposed contents can be adapted to the specific educational purposes and needs of different national contexts. Therefore the number of teaching sessions suggested for it has to remain very flexible. The main ideas can either be introduced within one lesson (2 teaching sessions) or rather deepened in a specific independent module, if preferred. Objectives and learning outcomes have to be selected from their extensive list as necessary.

In the context of globalization multicultural societies are obviously becoming a new geopolitical reality, especially in urban areas, shaking up the national entities commonly established as a societal norm since the 19th century. On one hand boundaries are blurring, allowing growing mobility, leading to huge migration flows and multiplying the development of hybrid identities. Backwards protectionist tendencies are on the rise and refugees have more frequently to face restrictive measures, even against internationally recognized humanitarian principles like the UN Declaration of Human Rights. These discrepancies polarize opinions and trigger social tensions. People on the move often struggle with harsh living conditions, not least because of lack of language. Native-born citizen again feel worried about the changing world. This represents a considerable challenge for democratic societies becoming irreversibly more multicultural and multilingual.

In the last decade the concepts of super-diversity and migration societies have been developed in an interdisciplinary scientific approach, also in the field of pedagogical research. This led in German spoken countries to the development of a so-called “migration pedagogy” (Migrationspädagogik) that increasingly gains in importance in teacher education.

This lesson (or module) will introduce the main principles of migration pedagogy and address the following questions:

-       How to foster social cohesion taking into account national, ethnic and cultural diversity?

-       In what way languages influence on social recognition? How to deal with the power /powerlessness of languages?

-       How to provide equal opportunities and social participation for all?




-       To conceive the idea of super-diversity in migration societies

-       To recognize the close interconnection between ethnicity, language and social participation and to understand its impact on education

-       To reflect on the power/powerlessness of languages

-       To experience the potential of narratives and biographical reflection for challenging one’s attitudes and prejudices towards “others”

-       To question one’s relationship with minorities and migrant populations

-       To get an insight into some models, projects and strategies for supporting education in multicultural/multilingual settings

-       To reflect on how to act in a more thoughtful and knowledgeable manner as a citizen and as a (future) teacher living in a multicultural society

To develop critical thinking through personal involvement