Multiculturalism, Higher Education, and Intercultural Communication. Developing Strengths-Based Narratives for Teaching and Learning

Research output: Book/ReportBook


The book focuses on how colleges and universities can be receptive to students from different cultural backgrounds. It explores what culture is and how different perceptions of culture can be employed as resources to build a multicultural learning setting wherein an equitable education and training is offered to all students. The book derives many examples from successful work undertaken with students who are foreign, those who come from an asylum-seeking background, and those who face other obstacles or impediments for instance due to the manner in which disability is socially constructed. The book also refers to the digital divide and explores how sometimes disadvantages, although hidden from view to some, are very real for others.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages230
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-51367-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-51366-3
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Sept 2016

Bibliographical note

Dr. Spiteri has been teaching and lecturing for the past twenty years and draws on considerable practical insights throughout his book on 'Multiculturalism, Higher Education and Intercultural Communication.' Dr. Spiteri has also worked as a social work practitioner and has published extensively on different aspects of both social work practice and social work education in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Spiteri is currently working on another book, Pedagogy for 2050, which he is aspiring to publish by the end of 2017.


  • multicultural education
  • pedagogy
  • social justice
  • university teaching

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