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Maija Lanas (2017) An argument for love in intercultural education for teacher education, Intercultural Education, 28:6, 557-570, DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2017.1389541

An argument for love in intercultural education for teacher education

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Author: Lanas, Maija1
Organizations: 1Department of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-05-06


This paper proposes rethinking intercultural education in teacher education, arguing that any discussion of student teachers’ intercultural education should be connected more explicitly to a theoretical conceptualisation of love. The first part of the paper focuses on identifying discursive boundaries in engaging with intercultural education in teacher education. It is argued that if we are to develop intercultural education, we need to consciously move away from some discourses in teacher education, namely instrumentalism, performance orientation, emotionlessness and seeing the relationship between teacher and learner as static. The second half of the paper develops a theoretical alternative by engaging with the concept of love as a basis for intercultural education in pursuing an alternative to the instrumentalist, performance-based, non-emotional fixed-relationship ethos of intercultural education in teacher education.

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Series: Intercultural education
ISSN: 1467-5986
ISSN-E: 1469-8439
ISSN-L: 1467-5986
Volume: 28
Issue: 6
Pages: 557 - 570
DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2017.1389541
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This research is funded by the Academy of Finland [project number 267166].
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 267166
Detailed Information: 267166 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Intercultural Education on 06 Nov 2017, available online: