Australia's education futures and the east-side neighbours

Boulard, Florence Monique (2015) Australia's education futures and the east-side neighbours. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 14 (1). pp. 57-63.

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In 2014, the importance of providing all young Australians with the opportunities to be actively engaged with and literate in the cultures and languages of Asia continues to be evident in the curriculum documents and the media. Whilst there is a wide spread argument that the study of Asian perspectives is important for the successful future of many young Australians, one could question why none of the countries located on the east of Australia have been mentioned in either the Melbourne Declaration (2008) or the Australian curriculum, as these countries are also some of Australia's closest neighbours. If Australia, as a nation, is truly aiming to develop its young people to be global citizens through the teaching and learning of different cultures and beliefs, then it does not seem unreasonable to say that young Australians also need to develop an appreciation for their East-side neighbours. However, as it stands the curriculum is argued as a crowded place; adding might result in the loss of something else. This article demonstrates how the French language classroom can be used as a means to contribute to developing the international-mindedness of young Australians in regards to their East-side neighbours without adding to the crowding of the current Australian Curriculum.

Item ID: 42168
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: curriculum, french language, global citizen, education, international-mindedness
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Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 05:11
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori) @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200306 French Language @ 25%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130311 Pacific Peoples Education @ 25%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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