Professional development for intercultural education: learning on the run

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Tualaulelei, Eseta. 2021. "Professional development for intercultural education: learning on the run." Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. 49 (1), pp. 99-112. https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866x.2020.1753168
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Professional development for intercultural education: learning on the run

ERA Journal ID20741
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorTualaulelei, Eseta
Journal TitleAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Journal Citation49 (1), pp. 99-112
Number of Pages14
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0311-2136
1359-866X
1469-2945
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1359866x.2020.1753168
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.

Keywordsmulticultural learners; intercultural education; culturally and linguistically diverse learners; Pasifika (Pacific Islander) learners; professional development
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020451499. Pacific Peoples education not elsewhere classified
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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