Learning Continuum of Intercultural Understanding

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This element involves students developing the capacity to process or reflect on the meaning of experience as an essential element in intercultural learning.

Students use reflection to better understand the actions of individuals and groups in specific situations and how these are shaped by culture. They are encouraged to reflect on their own behaviours and responses to intercultural encounters and to identify cultural influences that may have contributed to these. Students learn to ‘stand between cultures’, reconcile differing cultural values and perspectives and take responsibility for their own behaviours and their interactions with others within and across cultures. In developing and acting with intercultural understanding, students:

  • reflect on intercultural experiences
  • challenge stereotypes and prejudices
  • mediate cultural difference.

Level 4

Typically by the end of Year 6, students:

Reflect on intercultural experiences

explain what and how they have learnt from a wide range of intercultural interactions and experiences

Challenge stereotypes and prejudices

explain the impact of stereotypes and prejudices on individuals and groups within Australia

Mediate cultural difference

discuss ways of reconciling differing cultural values and perspectives in addressing common concerns

Level 5

Typically by the end of Year 8, students:

Reflect on intercultural experiences

reflect critically on the representation of various cultural groups in texts and the media and how they respond

Challenge stereotypes and prejudices

identify and challenge stereotypes and prejudices in the representation of group, national and regional identities

Mediate cultural difference

identify and address challenging issues in ways that respect cultural diversity and the right of all to be heard

Level 6

Typically by the end of Year 10, students:

Reflect on intercultural experiences

reflect critically on the effect of intercultural experiences on their own attitudes and beliefs and those of others

Challenge stereotypes and prejudices

critique the use of stereotypes and prejudices in texts and issues concerning specific cultural groups at national, regional and global levels

Mediate cultural difference

recognise the challenges and benefits of living and working in a culturally diverse society and the role that cultural mediation plays in learning to live together