Professional development for intercultural education: learning on the run

Tualaulelei, Eseta ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8393-7015 (2021) Professional development for intercultural education: learning on the run. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 49 (1). pp. 99-112. ISSN 1359-866X

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Abstract

In many parts of the world, there is a visible increase in the numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse students entering compulsory education. To explore the preparedness of teachers for responding to this diversity, this article reports the findings of an ethnographic study which had a specific focus on Samoan students. In semistructured interviews, teachers of a south-east Queensland primary school described initial challenges they encountered, as well as their opinions about the professional development they had received for intercultural education. In talanoa (Pacific Island-style discussions), parents in the school community shared their concerns about the cultural and linguistic responsiveness of the teachers compared to their previous experiences. Analysis of the findings revealed that teachers experienced “culture shock” in highly multicultural classrooms perhaps related to the lack of opportunities for professional learning about teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students. Too few opportunities for teachers to develop and sustain positive dispositions towards intercultural education may have factored into the school staff’s focus on the “how” of intercultural education, rather than the “why”. A scarcity of professional and human resources in this area was also identified. The article concludes with ideas for future research.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 1 November 2021 (18 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2020 04:33
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 02:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: multicultural learners; intercultural education; culturally and linguistically diverse learners; Pasifika (Pacific Islander) learners; professional development
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130311 Pacific Peoples Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939906 Pacific Peoples Education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866x.2020.1753168
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38579

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