An ethnographic action research project: national curriculum, historical learning and a culturally diverse Melbourne primary school

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This paper uses ethnographic action research to explore how the objectives of the Australian Curriculum Intercultural Understanding can be achieved in a culturally diverse Year 5/6 (ages 10–12) primary school class in Melbourne. It examines whether a history unit on migration, that uses a structured historical inquiry approach, encourages culturally diverse students to develop a more critical and reflexive understanding of multiculturalism. Using Banks’ multicultural framework and Bath’s approach to ethnographic action research, I argue that the oral history component of a Year 5/6 history unit supported students to develop their Intercultural Understanding. I suggest that ethnographic action research is an effective approach for investigating the implementation of new teaching initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication SAGE Research Methods Cases
PublisherSage publications
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781526490377
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2019
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameEthnography and Education
ISSN (Print)1745-7823