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.