Learning Continuum of Intercultural Understanding

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This element involves students identifying, observing, describing and analysing increasingly sophisticated characteristics of their own cultural identities and those of others.

Students move from their known worlds to explore new ideas and experiences related to specific cultural groups through opportunities provided in the learning areas. They compare their own knowledge and experiences with those of others, learning to recognise commonalities, acknowledging differences between their lives and recognising the need to engage in critical reflection about such differences, seeking to understand them. Students recognise and appreciate differences between people and respect another person’s point of view and their human rights. In developing and acting with intercultural understanding, students:

  • investigate culture and cultural identity
  • explore and compare cultural knowledge, beliefs and practices
  • develop respect for cultural diversity.

Level 1

Typically by the end of Foundation Year, students:

Explore and compare cultural knowledge beliefs and practices

identify, explore and compare culturally diverse activities and objects

Investigate culture and cultural identity

share ideas about self and belonging with peers

Develop respect for cultural diversity

discuss ideas about cultural diversity in local contexts

Level 2

Typically by the end of Year 2, students:

Explore and compare cultural knowledge beliefs and practices

describe and compare the way they live with people in other places or times

Investigate culture and cultural identity

identify and describe the various groups to which they belong and the ways people act and communicate within them

Develop respect for cultural diversity

describe ways that diversity presents opportunities for new experiences and understandings

Level 3

Typically by the end of Year 4, students:

Develop respect for cultural diversity

identify and discuss the significance of a range of cultural events, artefacts or stories recognised in the school, community or nation

Investigate culture and cultural identity

identify and describe variability within and across cultural groups

Explore and compare cultural knowledge beliefs and practices

describe and compare a range of cultural stories, events and artefacts