Teacher education: crossing the cultural borders of Australia and Asia

Salter, Peta (2009) Teacher education: crossing the cultural borders of Australia and Asia. In: Proceedings of the annual Conference of the 2009 Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). From: 2009 Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference, 28 June - 1 July 2009, Albury, NSW, Australia.

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Becoming 'Asia literate' is a pivotal part of the federal government's 'Education Revolution'. The federal government asserts that 'equipping young Australians with the knowledge and skills to communicate and work with our regional neighbours…such skills must be a core element of an Australian school curriculum' (Gillard, 2008), especially in a climate of globalisation. Cultural intelligence, as suggested here, is of economic value, as intercultural knowledge and understandings are vital to preparing an Australia workforce that is globally competitive, and in particular, can capitalise on the economic opportunities available in Australia and region.

There are, however, increasingly problematic issues surrounding the implementation of curriculum that fosters intercultural understanding between Australia and Asia, the presence of which ultimately questions how teacher-educator programs can prepare graduates to engage effectively in crossing such cultural borders.

Item ID: 9431
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9752324-4-6
Keywords: culture; curriculum; Asia; relationships
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2010 05:57
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development @ 60%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 30%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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