Teaching in Multicultural Contexts: Internationalisation of the Curriculum

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Many higher education institutions in Australia are now recruiting and admitting many international students to their programs. In doing so they are seeking to pursue internationalisation as a means of advancing their academic mission. Programs then cater for students who come to study on campus or there are also transnational programs which parallel those offered on campus but are delivered in another mode in another country. In this instance it is often one of the Pan Pacific countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan to mention but a few.

University staff grapple with the learning needs of a range students and plan a curriculum equably for the learning ambitions of students, taking account of their national, ethnic, cultural, social class or gender identities. Such a curriculum values social inclusion, cultural pluralism and work citizenship.

The proposed paper will firstly examine definitions of internationalisation and look at their application to an early childhood B. Ed (ECE) with hons program. A graduate quality which aims to develop international perspectives in students will be examined in relation to implementing the B Ed (ECE) with hons program. In addition, results of some research which documents students’ views in the B Ed (ECE) program in relation to the development of an international perspective will be integrated into the paper.


Keywords: Internationalisation of Curriculum, Teaching in Multicultural Contexts
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Marjory Ebbeck

Professor, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Professor Ebbeck is currently Professor of Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of South Australia. She is the co-ordinator of the Higher Degrees students in Early Childhood Education and Program Director of the transational B Ed (ECE) off-shore, Singapore and the M Ed (ECE), Singapore and B Ed (ECE) Hong Kong. In 2005-2007 she was a consultant to the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee). Publication recognised internationally.

Dr. Fred Ebbeck

Lecturer, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr Frederick Ebbeck is an internationally recognised expert on policy development in early childhood. Has held senior positions whereby focus on multidisciplinary work. Consultant for UniCEF and WorldBank. Has worked in PNG, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Canada, and Burundi.

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