Key concepts

Key KOINOS starting points and concepts:

  1. The cities' students taking part have been living together for some time in educational environments with linguistic and cultural diversity:
    • Results of the individuals' physical journeys.
    • Results of the individuals' connections through digital media.
    • Diversity, 'Superdiversity' of the 21st century
      (Steven Vertovec, 2007).
  2. Educational institutions have also been facing the challenge of integration for years:
    • To promote equal opportunities, positive community life and social cohesion.
    • A process that affects immigrant and indigenous school populations equally and all the players involved in formal and informal education, including families.
  3. Linguistic and cultural diversity offers a range of opportunities for developing the skills required by 21st-century society:
    • Communication in multilingual and multi-modal environments.
    • Citizenship.
    • Social ethics and justice.
    • etc.
  4. The realities of 21st-century societies mean that children have to learn to use their plurilingual and intercultural resources not just face to face but through multiple semiotic formats, channels and systems, and with social players who are far away not only in language and culture but also in time and space.
    • This is what we understand as ‘pluriliteracy’ or plurilingual literacy practices
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