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

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Abstract

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
Pages311-327
Number of pages17
Volume14
Edition3
ISBN (Electronic)9781526490377
DOIs
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