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Name of the tool

Profile area - Teachers intercultural competence



Links to the keystones
Attitudes, awareness and knowledge.

A new national curriculum for compulsory education will be introduced in Sweden 2011. All children’s access to education on different levels is pointed out  as well as teacher’s multicultural competences especially  in terms of attitudes, awareness and  knowledge.

Aim of tool/ Brief overall description

    Develop knowledge, awareness and skills in the staff of the department of education. 
    Brief overall description
    Process starts for development of a strategic plan for the department. What are the most important requirements for the future teacher education? The area of Multicultural Education is focused. A bout a third of the staff decides to take part in development of this area. Intersectional issues as ethnicity, gender, class, ability are in focus.

Main methods

Seminars and discussions are continuously conducted. Teachers are to develop excellence in the area.  The Staff, teachers and researchers are connected to European, Arctic, and Indigenous networks.


Description of the process and the possible stepping stones

Step-by-step: 1. Mapping: What are the requirements of teachers for the future? What skills do we already have? What do we need to know more about? 2. Analyzing the facts found. 3. Development of a strategic plan to get expertise for the requirements. 4. Work in accordance with the plan.


Reflection and evaluation
The profile area and the department has follow up of the development plan





  • Seminars, articles, networks,



Chaiklin, S and Lave, J. ( 1993). Understanding practice – perspectives on activity and context.
Bunar, N. (1999). Multikulturalism är död, leve multikulturalism! Om den svenska skolans (multikulturella) möjligheter och begränsningar


Gunilla Johansson, Marja Liisa Lejon


Department for educational sciences, Luleå University of Technology