Navigating the ‘inter’ in intercultural education

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Salter, Peta and Maxwell, Jacinta. 2016. "Navigating the ‘inter’ in intercultural education." Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2016.1179171
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Navigating the ‘inter’ in intercultural education

ERA Journal ID34674
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSalter, Peta (Author) and Maxwell, Jacinta (Author)
Journal TitleDiscourse: studies in the cultural politics of education
Number of Pages16
Year2016
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0159-6306
1469-3739
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2016.1179171
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01596306.2016.1179171
Abstract

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.

Keywordsintercultural education; multicultural education; curriculum; education policy; ideograph; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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Byline AffiliationsJames Cook University
School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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