Subject details

  • Topics
    • Schools, policy & reform
    • Accountability & performativity
    • Markets and school choice
    • Competition & reforming school practices
    • Reforming parents and inequality
    • Understanding childhood & growing up
    • Critical pedagogies for social justice
    • Class & differentiating achievement
    • Gender and sexuality
    • Rethinking cultural diversity
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • FAQs
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. examine and evaluate current international and national education policy trends
  2. interpret and describe current cultural and social patterns in Australia
  3. develop a critical perspective of difference and diversity and their significance to education
  4. evaluate strategies that support inclusive student engagement and learning for children from diverse backgrounds, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  5. formulate an informed perspective on an educational issue.
  • Assignment 1 - Report (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines social, cultural, linguistic, and economic forces which impact on classroom practices and student learning outcomes. The subject requires analysis of the characteristics of classrooms and schools that reduce the effects of inequalities through curriculum choices and pedagogical practices. This subject emphasises the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers associated with student linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic diversity including consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in primary school classrooms.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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