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The Humanities Conference 2003

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Intercultural Learning Programs — An Innovative Group-to-Group Approach: Enabling Learners to Engage Deeply with Others Across Cultural Divides

Julian Silverman.

At the heart of the intercultural group to group process lies self management by students of their learning where they develop skills in planning, conducting and reflecting upon a collaborative research process. Members of other community groups are shared with as collaborators in a dynamic learning exchange rather than as subjects of study. Group to group learning programs strengthen students’ commitment to human rights and sensitise them to issues surrounding the impacts of globalisation on poverty and social and cultural change.

Group to group modes of learning are a potent means of enabling
students to better appreciate cultural diversity while respecting the unity that lies within diversity.

This workshop will engage participants in developing models of group to group learning that may prove effective in their own programs and projects.


Julian Silverman  (Australia)
Coordiantor Community Service Dploma Programs
Department Social and Community Services, Faculty, Education, Languages and Community Services
RMIT University

Mr Silverman has undertaken a range of intercultural training programs for RMIT University. He is currently engaged in development and delivery of a Workplace Assessment and Training, customised and contextualised for Indigenous Australian participants.

Julian has received a range of industry awards for his intercultural training skills as well as his research and program design capabilities including an Indian Study Tour for Australian students examining self help groups and social change in India. He has also completed radio programs for broadcast in India and Australia

  • Intercultural learning exchange Human rights globalisation Engage participants in developing models

(60 min Workshop, English)