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Helen Avery

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The role of the school library : reflections from Sweden

Author

  • Helen Avery

Summary, in English

Libraries are critical learning spaces and may play a significant role in intercultural education initiatives, particularly in Sweden where the national curriculum ascribes central functions to libraries for learning activities. Unfortunately, the ways in which teachers and librarians may collaborate to leverage mutual resources is not fully understood. This article uses Pirjo Lahdenperä’s model of intercultural education development to consider the case of a small school library in a highly diverse urban neighbourhood. Although public libraries in Scandinavia can support intercultural educational values by addressing individual needs and complementing curriculum-based teaching, the development of new teaching practices requires additional guidance as well as institutional support.

Department/s

  • Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies
  • Arabic Studies
  • MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World

Publishing year

2014

Language

English

Pages

497-507

Publication/Series

Intercultural Education

Volume

25

Issue

6

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Routledge

Topic

  • Educational Sciences

Keywords

  • school libraries
  • diversity
  • Multilingualism
  • intercultural education
  • organisational development
  • reading for pleasure

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1467-5986