Journal article

Fostering intercultural understanding through secondary school experiences of cultural immersion

Jessica Walton, Yin Paradies, Naomi Priest, Eleanor H Wertheim, Elizabeth Freeman

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE STUDIES IN EDUCATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

In parallel with many nations’ education policies, national education policies in Australia seek to foster students’ intercultural understanding. Due to Australia’s location in the Asia-Pacific region, the Australian government has focused on students becoming “Asia literate” to support Australia’s economic and cultural engagement with Asian countries. Drawing on Allport’s optimal contact principles and key factors supporting intercultural understanding, this study examines two “sister school” cultural immersion trips in Indonesia and East Timor to explore ways in which their different approaches supported positive intergroup contact and helped foster intercultural understanding among studen..

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Grants

Awarded by NHMRC training fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by a competitive tender from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Melbourne, VIC). The third author is supported by an NHMRC training fellowship (#628897) and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth).