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.
From The Australian Curriculum general capability: Intercultural understanding
Background to Intercultural understanding in the Australian Curriculum
This background summarises the evidence base from which the Intercultural understanding capability’s introduction, organising elements and learning continuum have been developed.
The Intercultural understanding general capability is organised into three interrelated organising elements, each which has sub-elements:
Interacting and empathising with others
Reflecting on intercultural experiences and taking responsibility
The Intercultural understanding learning continuum shows how students are expected to progress with respect to the organising elements. There are six levels corresponding to Foundation, Year 2, Year 4, Year 6, Year 8 and Year 10.
What Works 3: Achieving intercultural understanding in English and History explores how intercultural understanding can be fostered through teaching Asia content.
Video of Jane McGennisken, English and History teacher at St Mary's College, Hobart, talking about teaching about other cultures through the novel Chinese Cinderella.
Video of Tom Ryan, head of Humanities at Woodleigh School, discussing how to foster intercultural understanding in the History classroom.
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