Initial teacher education in Australia has undergone a range of transitions in recent years most of which are connected to a move an Australian Curriculum and a national teaching competence framework. Each of these has made a huge impact on the core business of how education is done in Australia, and at times this has run into controversial spaces. External to these factors is the changing nature of the student population, which is usually captured under the heading of ‘Diversity’. This paper seeks to explore this broad heading of ‘Diversity’ in particularly the preparation of the pre-service teachers to respond to refugee groups who are new to Australia. This paper will investigate the impact of globalisation, in particular the social and psychological impact of migration experiences and the plight of refugees and cultural minorities along with the resulting tensions, barriers, and problems of integration during the settlement process. This exploration will be done using a case study approach documenting the development of a module for initial teacher education students by a cross-disciplinary team.
Education and Learning in a World of Difference
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Associate Professor , Faculty of Education and Arts , Australian Catholic University , Australia
Robyn Cox is currently appointed as Associate Proessor Literacy Education and English Curriculum at the Australian Cathiolic University. She is the current President of the Primary English Teaching Association of Australia.