EEP306 Pedagogy in Diverse Classrooms (8)

The principal aim of this subject is to prepare teacher education students (TES) to appropriately and effectively teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including those and others for whom English is an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D). In order to do this, the subject addresses a range of aspects of cultural diversity, multiculturalism, and their relationship to schooling in light of relevant state and national policies, and the premise of creating a more equitable and just society. This entails focussing on curriculum planning and pedagogical practice that considers and responds to histories, cultures, and languages, race, religion, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and differentiation of instruction to promote equity and excellence. An examination of the ways in which cultural diversity, expectations and values can be introduced and taught within the classroom environment is a specific focus. Attention is also given to the teaching of literacy and numeracy to Indigenous and EAL/D students.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEP306. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Assumed Knowledge

IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to select appropriate teaching and learning activities and explain how they meet the learning needs of Indigenous students and develop cultural awareness, inclusivity, and cultural competence among non-Indigenous students;
  • be able to identify social issues that impact on the involvement of multicultural communities within school settings, and devise strategies that work toward social justice and create positive pathways for partnerships to support student's learning;
  • be able to recognise and respond to the cultural values, identity and worldview of Indigenous students, families and communities;
  • be able to justify pedagogical strategies that consider and address the strengths and educational needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds including those for literacy and numeracy development; and
  • be able to develop, differentiate/modify, implement and evaluate programs, strategies and resources to include and respond to diverse/multicultural perspectives.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Teacher identity and social justice
  • Race, racism, student outcomes, and schooling for inclusion, equity, and social cohesion
  • Cultural and Indigenous identity and the classroom
  • Indigenous education: Contemporary and historical aspects of culture including language groups
  • Reconciliation, Indigenous education policy, and practice
  • Indigenous curriculum and pedagogy
  • Differentiated programming, instruction, and assessment: Developing culturally inclusive curriculum
  • Culturally responsive strategies: working with support personnel and local communities
  • Current perspectives and policy on multiculturalism and multicultural education (human rights, anti-discrimination, migration, citizenship)
  • Strategies for values education, civic and citizenship education, and comparative studies of religion
  • Theoretical perspectives and effective pedagogical practices for diverse classrooms (cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, religious)
  • ESL and EAL/D programs and policy: teaching literacy, numeracy, and understanding EAL/D learning progression
  • Curriculum implementation: culturally responsive quality teaching/building partnerships

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEP306 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Indigenous education strategy
Cultural diversity: connecting with practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.