Wrapping up the course



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Course  summary

If you’ve worked through all of the modules of this course, we would hope that you are now familiar with a number of the key underlying ideas and some of the tensions and urgencies in the area of multicultural education.  Some of these understandings include:

  • Culture is something all humans have, inherit, resist, construct and carry.
  • Cultural differences are the outcome of human engagement with Self, Others and history in widely differing environmental contexts.
  • Culture manifests in many ways, not only through food, language, clothing, social practices and the like. The physical environment is one site for the operation of culture.
  • Many aspects of culture are lodged in ideas, attitudes and other abstract forms in the subconscious of individuals and communities. As such, much of our participation in “culture” is unnoticed by us, unless it is brought to our attention.
  • Dominant culture must be understood in the same ways as cultures of the Other.
  • Race, ethnicity and nationality are distinct terms, not synonyms.
  • White is a colour, a form of culture, and a political identity.
  • Educating in and for a cultural context of multiplicities or diversity requires educators to be aware of their own cultural locations and the implications of these for the development of respectful and positive educative practices.
  • Dominant cultural understandings, perspectives or “knowledge” of Other cultures is not sufficient to ground positive educational practices, nor is a failure to investigate dominant culture from the position of Self and Other. The active process of critique is a central cognitive process here.

Some key terms
Culture Ethnicity Nationality
Multicultural Dominant Subordinate
Hegemony Assimilation Whiteness


Professional Development Certification

If you require a certificate of completion for this course to show as evidence for professional development, please email Renee.Desmarchelier@usq.edu.au.  In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must have completed all activities associated with the course.  Successful completion of this course will equate to six (6) hours of professional development.

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