basic aim of this project was to examine the responses of the educational
systems, especially the training of teachers, to the increase in cultural
diversity, and to promote cohesion among teacher training institutions
throughout Europe in their work in cross-cultural teacher training."
partners carried out national policy studies and institutional case
studies. Methodologically identical empirical studies served to examine
the settlement policies and outcomes of higher education institutions.
These studies made use of both quantitative and qualitative methods. In
every country, the partners made an inventory of the policy documents,
and collected data through closed questionnaires
interviews. They carried out qualitative content
analyses of policy documents, and analysed the interview recordings by
using interpretative content analysis. The data gathered through questionnaires
were analysed with statistical tools (factor analysis, t-tests, Pearson
part of the project, a computer mediated communication and learning programme
was developed: ‘Open Europe’ (http://www.joensuu.fi/oe): The cross-national
and cross-cultural discussion and collaboration within the OE course
improved the students’ ability to cultural self-definition and self-understanding.
(Pitkänen, 2000, pp. 15, 16, 19, 32, 33)