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What is Intercultural mediation

Third-Space Exploration in Education
Intercultural mediation is a strategy to understand, minimize conflicts, and prompt reflection and potential solutions between groups or people with cultural differences or misunderstandings. Intercultural mediation is an essential resource to bridge understanding and collaboration.
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Self-Exploration to Understand Third Spaces in Intercultural Critical Incidents: An Experience in Higher Education
Beatriz Peña Dix (University of los Andes, Bogota, Colombia)
Copyright: © 2023 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-8402-9.ch002
Abstract
This empirically based chapter investigates how higher education students from a Colombian university explore the meaning and construction of third spaces in the development of their intercultural awareness and competence. Based on a narrative, critical-incident approach, a group of 14 undergraduates analyzed their real intercultural encounters. These narratives and subsequent semi-structured interviews led to important findings. For the most part, when confronted with critical incidents, students opted for proactive participation and engagement in third spaces. Some frequent strategies addressed unveiling conflict, establishing dialogue, valuing knowledge co-production, propitiating active listening, (re)accommodating power relations, and revisiting how one's cultural identity and that of others are (re)shaped in a transitory relationship that could lead to the strengthening of intercultural competence. Students advocate for critical incident analysis and how it can be applied as extended knowledge in future intercultural encounters and in their own intercultural growth.
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Cultural Differences in Interpreter-Mediated Medical Encounters in Complex Humanitarian Settings: The Case of Emergency ONG Onlus
The act of interpreting both language and culture, bridging and mediating between two persons with different cultural backgrounds.
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