Intercultural encounters as a ‘Mind Body’ experience: a case study in Jerusalem

Yehuda Bar Shalom*, Tsfira Grebelsy-Lichtman, Fatima Alayan

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This study presents new techniques for teaching diversity, when dealing with the challenges of multicultural society. We present a course model, which incorporates methods that have been developed by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), and continue to disclose and analyse some of the reactions and evaluations we received from the participating students. Findings revealed that the CMBM techniques contributed considerably to the intercultural atmosphere. CMBM contributed in creating added value, in improving self-efficacy and in advancing similarity perceptions in intercultural communication. Moreover, CMBM developed greater trust and emotional support among group members, thus may contribute to reach the educational goals. This study advances composite theoretical accounts into a set of conclusions for bridging intercultural encounters challenges through mind–body techniques.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalIntercultural Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Arabs
  • Intercultural education
  • Jews
  • mind–body techniques
  • teacher education


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