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Fall 12-1-2014

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Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development


The concept of intercultural education is present in many countries worldwide: it’s the idea of learning through the lenses of more than one culture, not just the Western or dominant one. In Chile, intercultural education is most commonly associated with the mapuche, the largest indigenous group in Chile. Since 1993, Chile has had a federal Bilingual Intercultural Education program (EIB). However, almost all of the implementation is left up to individual schools. The schools that do apply the program at a high school level only do so in an elective-based manner. That is, only students who elect to take a specific class gain the intercultural element. El Liceo Intercultural Técnico-Profesional Guacolda, located in Chol Chol, is the exception to the norm of Chilean intercultural education. This is a private, subsidized high school where interculturality is the central focus instead of auxiliary. I aimed to investigate how this school functions, as well as understand how the school shapes the identity of the students there that identify as mapuche. I completed this project through the means of a short documentary movie. Through this video, I show that the school is unique in Chile and that it can truly have a profound effect on the identity of its students. Because of the visual nature of my project, it has an additional use: It can show Liceo Guacolda to anyone interested, thus spreading knowledge of intercultural education and the related indigenous issues in Chile.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Community-Based Learning | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Film Production | International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Sociology of Culture


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