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AEF provides Asia-related curriculum resources across learning areas/subjects to support implementation of the Australian Curriculum. The Asia priority and Intercultural understanding general capability gives teachers the opportunity to implement an Asia-focused curriculum.
What is the Asia priority?
'The Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia priority provides a regional context for learning in all areas of the curriculum. It reflects Australia’s extensive engagement with Asia in social, cultural, political, and economic spheres.
Many Asian nations are growing rapidly and are regionally and globally influential. Immigrants from all these countries have historically contributed to Australia's development and will continue to do so in the future. An understanding of Asia underpins the capacity of Australian students to be active and informed citizens working together to build harmonious local, regional and global communities, and build Australia's social, intellectual and creative capital.
It also builds understanding of the diversity of cultures and peoples living in Australia, fosters social inclusion and cohesion and is vital to the prosperity of Australia.'
The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) defines a set of organising ideas for each cross-curriculum priority. These are embedded in the content descriptions and elaborations of learning areas or subjects.
The following table is from the Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia organising ideas.
Asia and its diversity
The peoples and countries of Asia are diverse in ethnic background, traditions, cultures, belief systems and religions.
Interrelationships between humans and the diverse environments in Asia shape the region and have global implications.
Achievements and contributions of the peoples of Asia
The peoples and countries of Asia have contributed and continue to contribute to world history and human endeavour.
The arts and literature of Asia influence aesthetic and creative pursuits within Australia, the region and globally.
Collaboration and engagement with the peoples of Asia support effective regional and global citizenship.
Australia is part of the Asia region and our histories from ancient times to the present are linked.
Australians play a significant role in social, cultural, political and economic developments in the Asia region.
Australians of Asian heritage have influenced Australia's history and continue to influence its dynamic culture and society.
What is Intercultural understanding?
'In the Australian Curriculum, students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. They come to understand how personal, group and national identities are shaped, and the variable and changing nature of culture. The capability involves students in learning about and engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect.
Intercultural understanding is an essential part of living with others in the diverse world of the twenty-first century. It assists young people to become responsible local and global citizens, equipped through their education for living and working together in an interconnected world.'
What is Asia?
According to ACARA, 'Asia can be defined in geographical terms, but it can also be described in terms of cultural, religious, historical and language boundaries or commonalities.
While it includes West and Central Asia, in Australian schools studies of Asia will pay particular attention to the sub-regions of:
North-east Asia, including China, Mongolia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan
South-east Asia, including Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, East Timor, the Philippines and Cambodia
South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.'
From Defining Asia in the Australian Curriculum: Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.
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The Australian Curriculum alignment statement is based on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia (CC BY NC SA) licence.