Embracing the diversity: teaching recordkeeping concepts to students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds

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When teaching to students from diverse backgrounds, it is important to explain to them the meaning of the key concepts in the discipline and to discuss examples that they can easily relate to. The terms records and recordkeeping, which are key concepts in archival science, have their roots in national archival traditions and have specific meanings that may confuse students because these meanings are different from the ways the terms are commonly used in everyday language or in other English-speaking countries and because equivalent concepts may not exist in their first language. The linguistic misunderstandings that may ensue may then impact on the students’ understanding of the whole course content, affecting their understanding of the role played by records in society and of the issues involved in their preservation. By discussing with the students the translations of these terms and simple examples in their cultural and linguistic contexts, we are embracing the diversity of students’ backgrounds and experiences and engaging in a dialogue with them that enriches their experience and makes the course more relevant to them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiversity, Divergence, Dialogue
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference, iConference 2021 Beijing, China, March 17–31, 2021 Proceedings, Part I
EditorsKatharina Toeppe, Hui Yan, Samuel Kai Wah Chu
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030712921
ISBN (Print)9783030712914
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventiConference 2021 - Virtual, Beijing, China
Duration: 17 Mar 202131 Mar 2021
Conference number: 16th
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-71292-1 (Proceedings)
https://iconference2021.ichair.org/login (Website)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceiConference 2021
Abbreviated titleiConference 2021
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  • Archival education
  • Cultural context
  • Languages
  • Translation
  • Records continuum
  • Personal recordkeeping
  • Digital preservation

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