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Strategies to identify intercultural competences in community instructors

Marcela Georgina Gómez-Zermeño (Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico)

Journal for Multicultural Education

ISSN: 2053-535X

Article publication date: 12 November 2018




The purpose of this study is to identify intercultural competencies in community instructors who serve in CONAFE in Chiapas, México.


The study applied a mixed methods method, based on an ethnographic design with a naturalistic approach. The quantitative instrument was applied to 119 community instructors; from these participants, four interviews were conducted with a sample of case-type participants, and four cases are presented.


The results show differences between community instructors who demonstrate intercultural skills and those who require developing them. It is concluded that teachers should receive training that strengthens their intercultural competences to enable indigenous children to take advantage of the knowledge they acquire in their community and the pedagogical advantage offered by the use of their mother tongue in the teaching–learning process.


This educational research about intercultural competences in the field of indigenous education, community education and intercultural education provides significant learning that advances the understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.



Gómez-Zermeño, M.G. (2018), "Strategies to identify intercultural competences in community instructors", Journal for Multicultural Education, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 330-342.



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