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ED2990 - Education for Cultural Diversity

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Education

External offering available only to students enrolled in the ECE major. Limited offering available to RATEP students only [36110 Majors BED-RA4, BED-RA3].

Education is viewed through a lens of cultural diversity, with a specific focus on "race", gender, socio-economic status and location. We explore systemic and structural inequalities within education and develop appropriate classroom policies and practice which work towards possibilities for the future. In the context of social justice and reconciliation, students will explore theoretical, practical and personal themes relating to the construction of identities, identity and resistance to schooling; historical legacies and current issues; multicultural persons, classrooms and societies and culturally inclusive classroom practices. The professional necessity to understand and address educational inequity is highlighted by the education achievement of Indigenous students which, on average is at significantly lower levels than that of non-Indigenous students at every major educational milestone (Purdie and Stone, 2005; NAPLAN, 2009). Given the ongoing educational disadvantage experienced by Indigenous people within Australian society (Department of Education Science and Training, 2006), Indigenous education will provide a main focus for the study of these themes. Students will use their understandings of these themes to develop competencies needed to make decisions about learning in classrooms and communities in culturally diverse societies.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate and develop classroom practices and strategies that respond to the needs of diverse learners;
  • analyse educational inequity;
  • critically examine curriculum and policy interventions in Australian education and internationally which foster social sustainability;
  • critically reflect on cultural experiences and develop knowledge, understanding and skills as a culturally responsive teacher and global citizen.
Prerequisites: 6 credit points of level 1 ED subjects
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
ED1451

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Philemon Chigeza.
Workload expectations:
  • 4 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours - online activities
Assessment: assignment - folio (30%); assignment - presentation (10%); assignment - online quizzes (10%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Philemon Chigeza
Lecturer: Dr Kelsey Lowrie.
Workload expectations:
  • 4 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours - online activities
Assessment: assignment - folio (30%); assignment - presentation (10%); assignment - online quizzes (10%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching (Online tutorial attendance at RATEP site as per schedule to be advised)
Coord/Lect: Dr Philemon Chigeza.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours tutorials - online tutorials
  • 24 hours - online activities
Assessment: assignment - folio (30%); assignment - presentation (10%); assignment - online quizzes (10%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Philemon Chigeza.
Workload expectations:
  • 37 hours - 24 hours online activities; 13 hours online tutorials
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignment - folio (30%); assignment - presentation (10%); assignment - online (10%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.