The Boone-Kabul Project: How Art Taught Us to Know and See Each Other

The Boone-Kabul Project: How Art Taught Us to Know and See Each Other

Lillian Nave (Appalachian State University, USA) and Abdul Habib Khalid (Kabul Education University, Afghanistan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3001-5.ch012

Abstract

In this project, the in-depth discussion of artistic works by Afghan and American students working together to reduce cultural stereotyping and poor media image-making created a shared understanding and a deep connection as humans that transcended national, political, religious, and cultural boundaries. Students discussed various works of art dealing with topics such as leadership, women and education, heroism, and homeland/patriotism. Students then answered questions related to the works of art and share their responses with each other in a continuous dialogue. Students were able to determine how perceptions are shaped about other cultures, analyze how these perceptions change, and examine how art is multivalent and is particularly able to carry many nuanced messages that allow for in-depth discussion.
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The Boone-Kabul Project

Access to technology through globalized endeavors has made mutual understanding amongst students from different countries more possible than ever before. Students can learn from each other through one-on-one dialogues as recent technology has made it feasible to continue immediate conversations across borders and oceans. Harnessing this very powerful technology for good was the chief aim of the Boone-Kabul project.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Appalachian State University: A large university in Boone, North Carolina, with approximately 18,000 students that is part of the University of North Carolina system.

Civil Discourse: Engagement in conversation intended to enhance understanding.

Digital Technology: Internet-aided technological communication. The Boone-Kabul program specifically used computers, smartphones, and applications such as Skype, Gmail, and Facebook.

Platform: Various communication tools such as Google documents and Facebook to keep students connected and work on the shared assignments.

Learning Objective: A skill that students will through an assignment.

Stereotype: A biased and/or inaccurate perception of someone or something.

Learning Goal: A broader understanding attained by students upon completion of the project.

Kabul Education University: The largest teacher education university in Afghanistan.

Google Document: An editable document that Gmail account holders can collaboratively work on from different places online.

Cross-Cultural Understanding: Learning about and respecting different cultural values, backgrounds, and understandings other than one’s own.

Intentional Dialogue: Relevant dialogues and discussions that meet the program goals.

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