EEP424 Pedagogies in Diverse Classrooms (8)


The aim of this subject is to understand the issues that impact on children from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds and to develop a range of teaching strategies to teach thesechildren. This subject will examine the way cultural diversity, expectations and values can be transferred to the classroom environment. Students will be encouraged to think sociologically, culturally, reflectivelyand pedagogically and develop an understanding of the interconnections between theory, research,teaching and learning. The way in which schooling and teaching can contribute to a more equitable and just society, is also a component of this subject.
The increasing diversity in schools provides both opportunities and challenges. Current and future educators need to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to maximise the opportunities that cultural diversity offers and minimise its challenges. The need to respect and gather for similarities differences through quality teaching is seen as a key element to student success in school. In Australia, attention to diversity has become a top priority in the education system, particularly with the call to promote equity and excellence among all learners in Australian schooling. The AITSL National Professional Standards for Teachers expect graduate teachers to understand the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, be able to engage with the parents/carers, and to develop effective strategies to meet the needs of all students.   
The need for all teachers to develop culturally responsive pedagogies and understanding of the diversity that exists within classrooms underpins the objectives of this introductory subject. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEP424
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Assumed Knowledge

IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed EEP306
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise social issues
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate pedagogy
  • be able to recognise and respond to cultural values and worldview of Indigenous students, families andcommunities
  • be able to demonstrate effective teaching strategies
  • be able to respond to diverse/multicultural perspectives


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Identity and Social Justice
  • Racism and Reconciliation
  • Indigenous identity and mainstream education
  • A contemporary historical background to Indigenous education
  • Indigenous education policy
  • Indigenous issues in curriculum and pedagogy
  • Developing culturally inclusive curriculum
  • Issues in pedagogy and Indigenous identity
  • ESL Support /EAL Programs
  • Current Issues in Multiculturalism
  • Curriculum Implementation & Pedagogies
  • Classroom Engagement


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.