Steel, A., Butcher, J. & Bezzina, M. (2012). Face to Face Encounters: Education and Engagement for a Shared Humanity. Journal of Intercultural Communication,(29), 1-17. Retrieved from http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr29/steel.html
Despite the prevalence of conflict and violence in the world, education offers hope for social transformation and a recognition of our shared humanity. Much of the hatred and violence has its origins in a fear of 'the other', while education has the potential to equip people with the knowledge and skills to overcome such fear, build social harmony, challenge injustice, and build bridges across cultural and religious barriers. Based on the recognition of our shared humanity and the practice of respectful dialogue, it allows students to explore together what really matters to them as human beings and as members of their society and communities. Case studies of such encounters in Australian educational contexts will be presented in this paper, analyzing their impact and discerning principles they offer for structuring education for a shared humanity.
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