Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity- new resources
Theme: Cultural diversity and multiculturalism - Culture, language and identity - Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination
Key Learning Area: Languages other than English (LOTE) - Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) - The Arts
Age Group: Primary Upper (10-12) - Secondary Lower (13-14) - Secondary Middle (15-16)
Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity is a new resource published in book form and via the web site Diversity: An Educational Advantage online teacher support. The resources are the result of a project undertaken by Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr. Louise Jenkins, Dr Michael Leach and Dr Lucas Walsh of the Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Melbourne who investigated the management of cultural diversity in secondary schools and the potential for school-community partnership in improving schooling outcomes and social experiences for all concerned. The resources aim to assist teachers to develop a deeper understanding of the role of culture and cross-cultural understanding in education.
Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity
First published 2009
Text copyright © Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr. Louise Jenkins,Dr Michael Leach and Dr Lucas Walsh 2009
Available for download at Diversity: An Educational Advantage online teacher support
The resource is divided into three parts, A Model for Best Practice, Teaching and Learning Modules and Parent Modules.
Part 1: A Model for Best Practice
A Model for Best Practice presents a framework for effecting positive, whole-of-school change in culturally diverse schools.
Topics and themes addressed include:
School Structures and Parent Involvement;
Curriculum and Pedagogy;
Teacher Support Materials (TSM);
Community Partnership and External Factors;
Cultural Diversity Checklists.
Part 2: Teaching and Learning Modules
To enable a practical implementation of the whole-school approach, Part 2 incorporates two Teaching and Learning Modules with eight separate units. The themes are based on the Teacher Support Materials (TSM)which form a part of the online resource, Building Bridges: Creating a culture of diversity.
Key ideas and concepts include social justice, civic knowledge, democratic principles, participation in community, belonging, identity, racial harmony, inclusion, exclusion, multiculturalism, stereotyping, community, ethnicity, global terrorism, behavioural motivations, indigenous issues, human rights, trust, social change, historical perspectives and the future.
The aims of these teaching modules are to encourage students to:
- engage in research about cultural diversity and the advantages it offers;
- compare and contrast facts relating to students from culturally diverse backgrounds;
- consider the experiences of students from culturally diverse backgrounds, listen to their stories, and in doing so, learn about their lives;
- discuss and share student responses to the learning activities;
- recognise the similarities and differences amongst young people from diverse cultures;
- identify and explain issues relating to students from 'Aussie' and culturally diverse backgrounds, and attempt to provide solutions to some of the problems their fellow students face.
Teaching module themes
Module 1: Finding my place
Unit 1: Identity
Unit 2: Cultural diversity and multiculturalism< br> Unit 3: Citizenship
Unit 4: Cultural stereotypes and the media
Module 2: Community relationships
Unit 5: Expectations of self, family and teachers
Unit 6: Developing positive relationships at school
Unit 7: Curriculum, school and culture
Unit 8: Cultural and ethnic tensions
Each unit is organised in the following way:
Classroom activities which can be modified as appropriate for the age and background of the students
Suggestions for further sources of information
Note: Class access to the internet is required to successfully complete some of the suggested activities.
Part 3: Parent Modules
The focus of Parent Modules is on enhancing parents' understandings about schooling in Australia, actively engaging the other two stakeholder groups, teachers and students, in the process. Although the particular setting for these modules is schools with Arabic Speaking Background students and parents, they have been deliberately written in a flexible way. Schools are encouraged to amend the modules to suit their needs and interests.
Module 1: Engaging NESB Parents and Assessing Needs
Module 2: Organising a Meeting with NESB Parents (1)
Module 3: Organising a Meeting with NESB Parents (2)
Module 4: Understanding the Australian Education System
Module 5: Facilitating Parental Involvement in Schools (1)
Module 6: Facilitating Parental Involvement in Schools (2)
Module 7: Hosting a Ramadan Dinner
Module 8: Hosting a Community Cultural Event
The Racism. No way! initiative provides a range of strategies for approaching racist attitudes in schools.The Classroom menu contains a range of teaching and learning activities for middle secondary students.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Diverse Australia Program site has specific materials for schools, teachers and students.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. In the Education menu, see Us Taken-Away Kids; Bringing them home Education Module; Face the Facts; Youth Challenge; Voices of Australia resource.
Values Education.Access Building Values across the Whole School: A Resource Package, a collection of teaching and learning resources. (This resource package is password-protected but all schools have been sent an access code.)
Civics and Citizenship Education View the Teaching and Learning activities in the For Teachers menu.
Australian Electoral Commission See the Education Menu for resources.
Making Multicultural Australia.See the Lesson ideas menu for a range of teaching and learning activities including: Arab-Australian: What's in a name?;Before the Modern Australian Nation; Chinese History of Australia--Harvest of Endurance.
This site also has a rich range of photographs, cartoons, speeches and documents relating to the history of multiculturalism in Australia.
Asia Education Foundation.See the Curriculum resources menu for a range of units of work on Asia as well as the Asia Scope and Sequence for SOSE Secondary Units of Work.
Relevant websites to visit
Diversity: An Educational Advantage online teacher support
Building Bridges: Creating a Culture of Diversity
© Professor Fethi Mansouri, Dr. Louise Jenkins, Dr Michael Leach and Dr Lucas Walsh
Melbourne University Publishing Ltd, 2009
Date: 14 April 2010