Multicultural education action research in schools are part of the broader Rethinking Multiculturalism, Reassessing Multicultural Education research project. In this component of the project, schools will be assisted to conduct their own action research projects to develop effective strategies for ensuring culturally inclusive practices and environments in schools and for promoting intercultural understanding, cultural inclusion and national belonging. These strategies will be documented and promoted to other schools to support the implementation of the Department’s Cultural Diversity and Community Relations Policy: Multicultural education in schools.
The action research projects in schools include professional learning for participating schools; staff participation in an online survey relating to multicultural education; focus groups of teachers, students and parents as nominated by schools; interviews with each school principal; focus groups with school research teams and observation sessions. Schools will be involved over 18 months, from Semester 2, 2011 to the end of Semester 2, 2012.
A total of 14 schools have been selected for participation in the project. These schools include both primary and high schools with diverse demographic profiles, including varying percentages of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and a range of socio-economic status backgrounds. They are located in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
Project schools were selected on the basis of their willingness and capacity to undertake the project.