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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Social and cultural patterns in Australia: the context
    • Difference and diversity: challenging cultural stereotypes and how we think about difference and diversity
    • Educational experiences (1): the persistence of class
    • Educational experiences (2): gender and sexualities
    • Educational experiences (3): cultural diversity and Indigenous learners
    • Strategies for success: reforming schools
    • Strategies for success: reforming pedagogies and teacher knowledge
    • Schooling, policy and governance: why is this important?
    • Neoliberalism in education: overview
    • Neoliberalism in education: choice, marketisation, competition
    • Being a teacher in neoliberal times: overview
    • Being a teacher in neoliberal times: what's the purpose of schooling?
    • Review and Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • FAQs
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. interpret and describe current cultural and social patterns in Australia
  2. develop a critical perspective of difference and diversity and their significance to education
  3. evaluate strategies that foster respect and support inclusive student participation and learning for children from diverse social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  4. examine and explain current international and national education policy trends
  5. engage with education stakeholders, professional organizations and communities to formulate informed perspectives on current educational issues.
  • Assignment 1 - Report (35%)
  • Assignment 2 - Investigation (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Test (20%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines the social, political, cultural, linguistic and economic shape of Australian society and the impact of these forces on education policy, classroom practices and student learning. Students examine the characteristics of education systems and learning settings that promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity and reduce the effects of disadvantage and inequality. The subject emphasises the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers associated with student diversity, including consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in early childhood settings and 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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