Promoting intercultural understanding in Australia

Presented by: Gary Shaw, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia
Presented at: 6th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education
Date of Session: June 15, 2013

Session Description: Findings from a national Australian research project currently in primary and secondary schools examining factors that impede or facilitate intercultural understanding in schools will be shared. A key focus of the research has been on efforts to redesign schools to improve classroom practice and teacher professional learning. The workshop will provide practical examples of what is happening in research schools and an examination of different approaches that are showing promise. Reference will also be made to recent Global and Multicultural Citizenship Education initiatives used in Victoria to promote safe and inclusive schools, particularly teaching materials and assessment tools.