Navigating the ‘inter’ in intercultural education

Salter, Peta and Maxwell, Jacinta (2016) Navigating the ‘inter’ in intercultural education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0159-6306


The structure of the Australian national curriculum encompasses engagement with‘intercultural education’. Significantly, the context from which the curriculum was developed was heavily influenced by a multiculturalist ideology in which notions of cohesion and harmony were dominant. Therefore, those working with the curriculum need to understand the limited ways in which ideas of‘diverse’culture might be constructed. As a cultural text this curriculum is a place of encounter between teachers and the various influences on the curriculum document itself. We assert that the perpetuation of ideographs in the context and text of the curriculum, underpin how‘intercultural understanding’ is positioned in the Australian Curriculum, and limit the narrative possibility of this encounter. It is essential to identify and interrogate such ideographs if we are to be cognisant of the complex politics of national curriculums and opportunities to‘re-open’the place for encounter.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2016 05:58
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 05:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: intercultural education; multicultural education; curriculum; education policy; ideograph; Australia
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2016.1179171

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