Rethinking multiculturalism, reassessing multicultural education: project report number 3
Rethinking Multiculturalism/Reassessing Multicultural Education Project Report Number 3: Knowledge Translation and Action Research is the outcome of the final stage of Rethinking Multiculturalism/Reassessing Multicultural Education (RMRME), an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project between the University of Western Sydney (UWS), the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) incorporating the former NSW Institute of Teachers (NSWIT) and the Board of Studies. It follows two earlier reports, Rethinking Multiculturalism/Reassessing Multicultural Education Project Report Number 1: Surveying NSW Public School Teachers and Rethinking Multiculturalism/Reassessing Multicultural Education Project Report Number 2: Perspectives on Multicultural Education.
This final report provides a macro analysis of site-specific action research projects that were conducted during 2012 into issues of multicultural education in each of the 14 project schools. These schools were a diverse mix of: primary/secondary, high LBOTE/low LBOTE, high SES/low SES and urban/rural. Multicultural education includes a range of programs: ESL, parent engagement, intercultural understanding and anti-racism, designed not only to meet the needs of LBOTE students and their families but to equip all students with the necessary capacities to navigate the culturally complex world in which they live. The rationale for the inclusion of these very different types of schools in RMRME was to ascertain not only how multicultural education was understood and practised across a full range of NSW schools but also how they would then undertake rethinking these processes through their involvement in the project.